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.09.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Announces Alumni Game

The Madonna softball program announced today that it will hold the annual Alumni game on Sunday Oct. 5 at Noon at University Field. For more information and to RSVP, contact the MU Athletic Department at 734.432.5608.
 
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.05.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Adds Cooley To Recruiting Class

Head softball coach Al White announced the latest addition to his 2008 recruiting class as Monroe High School product Katie Cooley has signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic careers at Madonna University starting this fall. MORE
 
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.29.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball
Signee Minch Featured in Free Press Article
Recent MU softball signee Hallie Minch (top) was featured in the Sunday edition of the Detroit Free Press.  The article, written by Perry A. Ferrell, explores Minch's decision to attend Madonna and her recent state championship at Garden City High School .   FREE PRESS STORY
 
 
06.15.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball's Irwin Featured In Free Press Article

Rising sophomore Jess Irwin (Monroe, Mich.) - the 2008 WHAC Pitcher of the Year - has been featured in the Detroit Free Press. Irwin, who set the single season record for strike outs with 275, helped the Crusaders to both the WHAC regular season and tournament titles.
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06.15.2008 | SOFTBALL
Minch Leads Garden City To State Championship

Crusader softball signee Hallie Minch (Garden City, Mich.) capped off her high school career on Saturday with a complete game, 14-inning win over Alpena HS in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division I title game in Battle Creek. Minch struck out 17 and drove in both GC runs in the 2-1 win.
(Photo courtesy of Detroit Free Press)  MHSAA SITE
05.21.2008 | SOFTBALL
Finch Tabbed As An All-American Scholar Athlete

It was announced by the NAIA national office that Madonna senior designated player Christina Finch has been selected to the 2008 Daktronics All-American Scholar Athlete Team. To be selected, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 and be a junior or senior.
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05.12.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball's Irwin, Sidor Named To All-Region Squad

The NAIA Region VIII office announced that two Madonna University softball student-athletes have been selected to the all-region team. WHAC Pitcher of the Year Jess Irwin was joined on the team by sophomore first baseman Cat Sidor (pictured) as the awards were announced following the region tournament in Lakeview, Ind. MORE
05.08.2008 | SOFTBALL
Season Ends with 5-1 Loss in Championship
For the second straight season the MU softball team saw its season end at the hands of Bethel College (Ind.) with a 5-1 loss in the NAIA Region VIII championship game Thursday afternoon.  MU advanced to the title round with a 5-0 win over Indiana Tech early in the day.  MORE
05.07.2008 | SOFTBALL
LaMilza's Heroics Trumped by Bethel in Loss
The MU softball team fell into the losers bracket after a 5-3 eight-inning loss to top-seeded Bethel College on day two of the NAIA Region VIII softball tournament.  Tara LaMilza hit a three-run home run to give MU the lead in the top of the eighth before Bethel scored five times, including a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the inning to win.  The rest of day two was rained out and will resume on Thursday.  MORE
05.06.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Opens Region Title Hunt With Win Over Tech
The MU softball team opened the 2008 NAIA Region VIII Championship with a 6-1 win over Indiana Tech on Tuesday. Jess Irwin went the distance for the Crusaders striking out eight while Cat Sidor (Pictured) had three RBIs. MU takes on host Bethel at 10am tomorrow. MORE
05.01.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Captures WHAC Tourney Crown
The Madonna softball team downed Aquinas 7-1 to capture the WHAC Softball Championship Tournament on Thursday at University Field. Jess Irwin went the distance for MU. picking up the win.  MORE
04.30.2008 | SOFTBALL
Crusaders Roll to First Day Victories
The top-seeded MU softball team rolled to a 8-0 (five inning) run-rule victory over fourth seeded UM-Dearborn in the opening round of the 2008 WHAC Softball Tournament at University Field. MU then took its second round game over Indiana Tech 4-0. The Crusaders now await the winner of Indiana Tech and Aquinas at 2pm tomorrow in the WHAC finals. MORE
04.29.2008 | SOFTBALL
Irwin Highlights All-Conference Selections
The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference office released the 2008 softball awards late Tuesday night on the eve of the WHAC softball tournament and eight different Crusaders took home hardware, led by Pitcher of the Year Jess Irwin and Coach of the Year Al White. The awards were voted upon by the league’s coaches.   MORE
04.28.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Clips Golden Eagles' Wings In Sweep
The Madonna softball team wrapped up the regular season with a pair of run-rule wins over Cornerstone on Monday at University Field. MU took game one 8-0 in five innings and picked up WHAC win number 20 in the night cap 12-0, also in five innings. Jess Irwin threw a one-hitter in game one, while Cat Sidor (pictured) extended her hitting streak to 29 games with three hits on the day. MORE
04.28.2008 | SOFTBALL
Irwin Picks Up Third Straight WHAC Honor
For the third straight week and the fourth time this season, MU freshman Jess Irwin (pictured) has been named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. The honor was announced by the league office in Grand Rapids on Monday. MORE
04.27.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Wins WHAC Title In Sweep At Concordia
The Madonna softball team wrapped up the WHAC championship with a sweep at Concordia. MU took game one 5-0 and completed the sweep with a 6-0 win. Jess Irwin earned the win in both games, striking out 20 along the way. MORE
04.25.2008 | SOFTBALL
Irwin Sets Strikeout Mark in Sweep of Cornerstone
Madonna University freshman sensation Jess Irwin (pictured) added to her stellar inaugural season by recording her 183rd strikeout, a new single season MU record in her game one victory over Cornerstone Friday afternoon.  Irwin went on to pick up the save in game two as MU swept away the Golden Eagles, 8-3 and 4-3.    MORE
04.21.2008 | SOFTBALL
Irwin Named WHAC Pitcher Of The Week

The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference office announced on Monday that Madonna freshman pitcher Jess Irwin had picked up her third WHAC Pitcher of the Week award. This is the second straight week Irwin has been selected and the fourth straight week a Madonna pitcher has earned the award. MORE
04.20.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Splits At AQ On Sunday; Remains In First
The Madonna softball team split its Sunday double header at Aquinas winning game one 5-0 before falling 10-9 in the night cap. Tedi Johnston (pictured) has three RBIs in game one for MU. MORE
04.19.2008 | SOFTBALL
White Gets Career Win 300 In Sweep Of Wolves
Head coach Al White picked up career win number 300 on Saturday in game one of MU's sweep of UM-Dearborn 10-0. White then got win 301 in a 6-5 Crusader win in 10 innings in game two. MORE
 
04.18.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Sweeps Tech; White Wins No. 299
A come from behind win in game one and a one-two pitching punch from Liz Ballinger and Jess Irwin in  the night cap gave the visiting Madonna softball team a sweep at Indiana Tech on Friday by finals of 3-1 and 4-2. The wins gave head coach Al White his 298th and 299th career victories. MORE
04.16.2008 | SOFTBALL
Irwin Fires No Hitter As Softball Splits With SHU
Freshman Jess Irwin (pictured) fired the second no hitter of her young career as the Madonna softball team split a double header with visiting Siena Heights on Wednesday at University Field. Irwin threw her gem in an 8-0 win in game one while the Saints rebounded to take game two 7-5. MORE
04.14.2008 | SOFTBALL
Finch, Irwin Sweep Weekly WHAC Awards
After helping the MU softball team to a 5-1 week, teammates Jess Irwin (pictured) and Christina Finch have been named the WHAC's Pitcher and Player of the Week respectively. This is the third straight week MU has claimed the league's top pitcher.  MORE
04.12.2008 | SOFTBALL
Crusaders Sweep Cards In Harsh Conditions
The Crusader softball nine swept a WHAC double header on Saturday from visiting Concordia by finals of 6-0 and 7-0. Concordia forfeited game two and by rule MU is given the 7-0 win. Jess Irwin (pictured) picked up her 10th win of the season in game one MORE
04.11.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Splits With Tech; Remains Tied For First
The Madonna softball team split with visiting Indiana Tech on Friday at University Field. MU took game one 9-1 in five innings but fell 1-0 in the night cap. MU and Tech remain in a tie for first place in the WHAC at 6-2. Christina Finch (pictured) hit a two-run homer for Madonna in the opener. MORE
04.09.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Comes From Behind Twice At Rochester
The MU softball team had to do it the hard way - coming from behind in both games - but picked up a pair of non-league wins, 4-1 and 3-2 at Rochester on Wednesday. Jess Irwin struck out 11 while allowing just two hits in the opener and picked up her first collegiate save in the night cap. MORE
04.07.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Adds Another Piece For 2009
Madonna softball coach Al White announced today that he has signed Katie Boomgaard to a letter of intent for the 2009 season. Boomgaard (Holland, Mich.) will continue her academic and athletic careers at Madonna University starting this fall. MORE
04.07.2008 | SOFTBALL
Ballinger Picks Up WHAC Weekly Honor
The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference office announced today that Madonna senior left-hander Liz Ballinger was selected as the WHAC’s Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 6. This marks the second straight week a MU hurler has been the league’s award winner. MORE
04.05.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Sweeps Aquinas To Remain In First
The Madonna softball team used timely hitting and two great performances in the circle to sweep visiting Aquinas on Saturday at University Field. Jess Irwin struck out 11 in the opener as MU won 10-4 and Liz Ballinger (pictured) allowed just three hits in an 8-0 run-rule win in the night cap. Brittney Scero posted four hits and drove in four runs on the day.  MORE
04.03.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Sweeps Saints For Pair Of WHAC Wins
The Madonna softball team swept its road double header in Adrian, downing Siena Heights 6-0 and 15-4 on Thursday. Tedi Johnston had three hits in the two MU wins. MORE 
04.02.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Splits To Open WHAC Action
After suffering a 2-1 setback in game one, the Madonna softball team rebounded in a big way for a 14-1 win in the night cap at UM-Dearborn. Cat Sidor (pictured, middle) had one of two Madonna homers in game two. The split moves MU to 11-9-1 overall and 1-1 in the WHAC.  MORE
03.31.2008 | GENERAL RELEASE
Crusaders Take Home Three WHAC Awards
Behind a no-hitter last week Jess Irwin was named WHAC Softball Pitcher of the Week while teammate Danielle Richardson took home Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. While senior hurler Will Kennedy was tabbed WHAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week after setting the MU career strikeout mark in a win over Indiana Tech. MORE
03.30.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Splits Again, Irwin Caps Stellar Week
The MU softball team split their final two games in Kentucky, defeating Lindsey Wilson 4-3 on a pinch-hit two-run homer by Ashley Shay in the seventh inning.  Jess Irwin picked up the win, striking out five and Danielle Richardson (pictured) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.  MU fell in the nightcap to Campbellsville 6-0.  
03.28.2008 | SOFTBALL
Irwin Fires First No Hitter Since '03 in Split
Madonna freshman pitcher Jess Irwin etched her name into the MU record books with a no-hitter, the first for softball since the 2003 season, and a career high 17 strikeouts in a 10-0 win over Midway Saturday.  MORE
03.28.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Drops a Pair at Lindsey Wilson
The Madonna softball team fell to 8-6-1 on the season after a pair of 3-1 losses at Lindsey Wilson in Columbia, Kentucky, Friday afternoon.  The Crusaders look to rebounds in a trio of games tomorrow, all part of the Lindsey Wilson/Campbellsville weekend tournament. 
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03.27.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Ties Huntington in Rain Shortened Game
Madonna and Huntington made it to the top of the seventh inning before rain forced the game to be cut short and rendered a 1-1 tie Thursday afternoon.  Danielle Richardson and Kathleen Smiley (pictured) each posted a hit for MU and Kelly Lesko scored the lone run on a passed ball.
03.19.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Signs Monroe Standout For 2009
Head softball coach Al White announced today that he has added another student-athlete to the fold for 2009 with the signing of Amanda Straub to a letter of intent. Straub, a Monroe High School product, will continue her academic and athletic careers at MU starting this fall. MORE
03.10.2008 | SOFTBALL
Richardson Named WHAC Player of the Week
The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Office announced today that Madonna junior catcher Danielle Richardson (Flint, Mich.) was selected the WHAC Softball Player of the Week for the week ending March 9. This is the first award of the season handed out by the league office.  MORE
03.06.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Adds Milan Standout Turner to '09 Class
The Madonna University softball program added to its class of incoming freshmen for the 2009 season with the signing of Milan High School standout Tori Turner to a letter of intent.  Turner becomes the second signing by Head Coach Al White and his staff, joining Garden City High School product Hallie Minch (Garden City, MI) who signed last month.  MORE
03.05.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Wraps Up Final Day On Trip With Split
The Madonna softball team split its final games of its stay at the 2008 Tucson Invitational. Dickinson State roughed up the Crusaders to the tune of a 5-0 loss in the day's opener, but a strong outing from freshman Jess Irwin got the Crusaders a 6-0 win over Mayville State in the night cap. MU ends the trip at 8-4 and will be back in action this Saturday with a double header at Shawnee State. DICKINSON STATE BOX | MAYVILLE STATE BOX
03.04.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Splits a Pair, Moves to 7-3 on Season
The MU softball team split a pair of games in Tucson, Arizona, falling 1-0 to Peru State and defeating Trinity International 19-6 in the nightcap.  Tedi Johnston went 3-4 with two stolen bases, two RBIs and three runs scored in the offensive outburst of game two.  Liz Ballinger earned the win in the circle while Jess Irwin took the hard-luck loss in game one, scattering four hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings of work. PERU STATE BOX | TRINITY INTERNATIONAL BOX
03.03.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Drops Two For First Losses Of Season
The Crusader softball team dropped both of its games on Monday at the Tucson Invitational. MU fell 6-1 to #14 William Penn in the opener and dropped the night cap 9-7 to the University of Great Falls. Brittney Scero went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored and Christian Finch was 2-for-3 in the opener. Kathleen Smiley (pictured) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a homer while Cat Sidor was 3-for-4 in the second game of the day for MU. The Crusaders continue play on Tuesday with games against Peru State and Trinity International. WILLIAM PENN BOX | GREAT FALLS BOX
03.02.2008 | SOFTBALL
Offense Busts Out In A Big Way In Softball Wins
The Madonna softball team hung 26 runs on the board in its two games Sunday at the Tucson Invitational, downing Waynesburg 13-2 behind Michelle Henning's first collegiate win and a two hits each from Kelly Lesko and Cat Sidor. Liz Ballinger improved to 3-0 on the season with her complete game win in MU's 13-3 downing of Minot State. Danielle Richardson (pictured) collected three RBIs and Sidor posted three more hits in the victory. The Crusaders continue play with games on Monday against the University of Great Falls and #14 William Penn. WAYNESBURG BOX | MINOT STATE BOX
03.01.2008 | SOFTBALL
Softball Moves to 4-0 With Day Two Wins

The Crusader softball team improved to 4-0 on the young season with a pair of wins on Saturday. In game one, Jessica Irwin went the distance, striking out six while getting offensive help from a 3-for-4 game from Mary Kate Setta to go along with a 2-for-4 game from both Brittany Scero and Danielle Richardson as MU took care of Trinity International 6-2. Liz Ballinger went the distance for MU in game two as Cat Sidor (pictured) went 1-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in as Madonna beat the University of Great Falls 7-2. MU returns to action at 2pm MT on Sunday. TRINITY INTERNATIONAL BOX | GREAT FALLS BOX
02.29.2008 | SOFTBALL
Crusader Softball Opens 2008 With Sweep
The Madonna softball team opened its stay at the Tucson Invitational with a pair of wins on Friday. MU downed John Carroll 7-5 in eight innings and run-ruled Briar Cliff 8-0 in the night cap in five innings. Freshman Jessica Irwin struck out 11 in the opener getting offensive help from Tedi Johnston's RBI double. Senior Liz Ballinger (pictured) threw a complete game in the nightcap, using a pair of RBIs from both Christina Finch and Mary Kate Setta to cruise to the win. Madonna takes on Trinity International and Great Falls tomorrow starting at 2pm MT. JOHN CARROLL BOX | BRIAR CLIFF BOX
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02.09.2008 | SOFTBALL
Crusaders Sign Garden City Standout Minch

The Madonna University softball program received a big commitment Saturday afternoon as Garden City High School standout Hallie Minch signed a letter of intent at halftime of the MU men’s basketball game versus Cornerstone University.  MORE
10.17.2007 | SOFTBALL
2008 Softball Schedule Announced

The 2008 MU softball schedule has been released as the defending WHAC tournament champion Crusaders open the season February 29th when they travel to Tucson, Ariz., to face off with John Carroll.  MU will make 12 appearances at University Field, with the home opener slated for March 12th versus Spring Arbor.   FULL SCHEDULE
07.09.2007 | SOFTBALL
Softball Signs Monroe's Irwin for 2008 Season

Head softball coach Al White has announced the signing of former Monroe High School standout Jessica Irwin for the 2008 season.  MORE
05.21.2007 | SOFTBALL
Softball Quartet Named NAIA Scholar Athletes

Four members of the Madonna softball team were honored today as 2007 Daktronics All-America Scholar Athletes in a statement by the NAIA.  Liz Ballinger (top), Shannon Noder, Christina Finch and Stephanie Day were all honored for their work off the field.  MORE
05.09.2007 | SOFTBALL
Softball Season Ends After Title Game Loss
The MU softball team saw their season come to a close Wednesday after a 7-2 loss to Bethel (Ind.) in the NAIA Region VIII championship game.  MU battled back from a loss to Bethel this morning, then defeated Marian to advance to the regional final for the second straight year.  MORE
05.08.2007 | SOFTBALL
Noder, Crusaders Shut Out Indiana Wesleyan 7-0  

Senior left-hander Shannon Noder (top) helped the Madonna softball team moved one step closer to a regional championship with a round two win over Indiana Wesleyan 7-0 Tuesday in Battle Creek.  MORE
05.03.2007 | SOFTBALL
Crusaders Win First Ever WHAC Tournament Title   

The Madonna softball team defeated top-seed Aquinas College for the second day in a row and claimed their first ever WHAC tournament title, 9-4 in Grand Rapids Wednesday afternoon.  MORE
05.02.2007 | SOFTBALL
Four Crusaders Named to All-WHAC First Team

A quartet of Madonna softball players earned first-team all-conference honors in a statement released by the league Wednesday.  Hannah Godfrey, Shannon Noder, Heather Richardson and Caitlyn Sidor were all tabbed first-team selections by league coaches.  MORE
05.02.2007 | SOFTBALL
Madonna Reaches WHAC Title Game with Two Wins

The Madonna softball team had the only perfect day at the 2007 WHAC Tournament Wednesday after the Crusaders edged Indiana Tech 3-2 in the first round and disposed of top seed Aquinas 7-3.  MORE
04.29.2007 | SOFTBALL
Madonna Ends League Play With Sweep at Tech
Shannon Noder pitched a five-hit shutout and Christina Finch (left) belted her third home run of the season in game one en route to a 2-0 win and the Crusaders held on in the nightcap 3-2 to claim the sweep MORE
04.28.2007 | CRUSADERS SWEPT AT CORNERSTONE
04.27.2007 | MADONNA ROLLS TO BIG WINS AT CONCORDIA
04.23.2007 | BALLINGER, GRANT SWEEP WEEKLY WHAC HONORS
04.22.2007 | NODER PITCHES MU TO SPLIT ON SENIOR DAY
04.21.2007 | MU SWEEPS LEAGUE DOUBLEHEADER
04.20.2007 | CRUSADERS CRUISE IN NON-CONFERENCE SWEEP
04.19.2007 | MU SPLITS WITH LEAGUE LEADING AQUINAS
04.16.2007 | SOFTBALL INKS A PAIR OF HIGH SCHOOL STARS
04.16.2007 | NODER EARNS CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
04.14.2007 | NODER'S SHUTOUT GUIDES MU TO SPLIT
04.10.2007 | MU SWEEPS CUAA
04.01.2007 | MADONNA DROPS FIRST LEAGUE CONTEST AT SHU
03.31.2007 | CRUSADERS OPEN WHAC PLAY WITH TWO WINS 
03.26.2007 | NODER, RICHARDSON SWEEP WHAC HONORS
03.22.2007 | CRUSADERS ADD DIVINE CHILD HS STAR FOR 2008
03.20.2007 | CRUSADERS TAKE TWO FROM SPRING ARBOR
03.19.2007 | BALLINGER AND GODFREY EARN WEEKLY AWARDS
03.18.2007 | MU ENDS OHIO TRIP WITH WIN OVER URBANA
03.17.2007 | MADONNA SPLITS AGAIN
03.16.2007 | CRUSADERS SPLIT AT SHAWNEE STATE
03.12.2007 | RICHARDSON NAMED WHAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
03.08.2007 | CRUSADERS RALLY FOR SWEEP IN ARIZONA FINALE
03.07.2007 | MADONNA ROUGHS UP TWO OPPONENTS FOR WINS
03.05.2007 | PERU STATE BLANKS MU 9-0
03.04.2007 | NODER HELPS MU TO SPLIT FOR THIRD STRAIGHT DAY
03.03.2007 | JOHNSTON SHINES AS SOFTBALL SPLITS AGAIN
03.02.2007 | MU SPLITS A PAIR TO OPEN 07 SEASON
12.11.2006 | MU ADDS ALL-STATE PLAYER FOR 2008
10.30.2006 | CRUSADERS INK LESKO FOR 2008 SEASON
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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