Yellowjackets close out spring tripsWhile Northlanders have been shoveling snow and waiting for the arrival of spring, the University of Wisconsin-Superior softball and baseball teams have been soaking up the sun in Florida and Arizona.
While Northlanders have been shoveling snow and waiting for the arrival of spring, the University of Wisconsin-Superior softball and baseball teams have been soaking up the sun in Florida and Arizona.
The UWS softball team began play in the Gene Cusic Classic in Florida on March 15 and wraps up its spring trip today.
The Yellowjacket men played their first games in Arizona on March 16 and close out play Saturday.
The UWS women started off their spring trip going 1-3 in the first two days, but the Yellowjackets have since won five of six games, including a pair on Thursday.
UWS picked up a 5-3 victory over SUNY-Brockport to start the day and then defeated Smith College 3-0.
Against SUNY-Brockport, UWS trailed 1-0 after the first inning, but a pair of former Spartans tied the game in the third inning. Ashley Martin set up the tying run with a bunt single, and Britnee Blake brought her home with an RBI single up the middle.
The game was tied again, 2-2, in the sixth inning before UWS took the lead for good with a three-run seventh inning.
Blake got on base with an infield single and scored on a double by Elle Niemela to give UWS a 3-2 lead, and Sally Linzmeier’s triple brought home Elle Niemela to make it 4-2. Linzmeier then scored for the Yellowjackets on a double steal.
SUNY-Brockport added one run in the bottom of the seventh inning to make the final score 5-3.
Blake finished the game going 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Yellowjackets. Niemela was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Picking up the pitching win was Nicolle Gross. She gave up three earned runs on three walks and seven hits while striking out six in seven innings of work.
In game two, UWS picked up a pair of runs in the second inning and added another in the third for a 3-0 win over Smith College.
Amanda LeBard, another former Spartan, earned the shutout. She allowed three hits and struck out five in seven innings.
Martin led the Yellowjackets on offense, going 2-for-3 and scoring a pair of runs. She led off the second inning with a single, moved to third on an error and scored on a double steal. Blake then gave UWS a 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Niemela.
Martin then scored again in the third inning when she and Blake led off with bunt singles. Lindsay Garay moved Martin to third with a sacrifice bunt, and a groundout by Niemela brought Martin home.
The Yellowjackets play UW-Oshkosh at 9 a.m. today and then conclude their spring trip with an 11 a.m. game against Knox College.
The UWS baseball team began its spring trip 3-2, which included a 6-5 loss to Grand View University, but dropped a doubleheader to Augsburg College Wednesday to fall to 3-4. This marks the second time this season Augsburg College has swept UWS. The Auggies also picked up a doubleheader sweep in Minneapolis on March 6, winning 7-2, 5-1.
The Yellowjackets kept it closer on Wednesday, dropping the opener 7-4 and then falling 3-2 in the second game.
In game one, Robbie Veith led off with a single for UWS and scored on Jeff Miller double to right field.
The Yellowjackets maintained their 1-0 lead until the bottom of the third inning, when Augsburg picked up seven runs on six hits and one error.
Superior then scored one run in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to make it 7-4.
Eren Cur earned the complete game win for Augsburg. He allowed four earned run on 10 hits and struck out five. Freshman Jake Lewis took the loss for Superior in 2 2/3 innings of work. He gave up seven hits and walked four.
UWS got two hits apiece from Veith, Miller, Tom Fairbanks and Tony Remund. Adding one hit each were Sam Holden and Casey Dittel.
The Yellowjackets took a 2-0 lead against Augsburg in the first inning of the second game, but the Auggies came back with a pair of runs in the sixth and the game-winner in the seventh to pull off the sweep.
T.J. Evanson got UWS off to a good start when he walked and then advanced to second after Miller was hit by a pitch. Evanson scored on a single by Fairbanks, and Miller followed suit on the next at bat, crossing home plate on a single from Matt Vold.
The game remained at 2-0 until the sixth inning, when Augsburg led off with a single and a walk. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners up, and singles from Zach Pavlisick and Brent Kolbow scored the tying runs.
Ryan Sward came up with the big hit for Augsburg when he led off the seventh inning with a triple. He then scored on a sacrifice fly.
Tyler Beck earned the complete game win for Augsburg. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two.
Dan Genrich took the loss for UWS in two innings of work. He allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk. Travis Elwood pitched the first five innings for UWS, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out two.