Despite winning seven of its last 10 games, the University of Wisconsin-Superior softball team saw its season come to an end on Sunday afternoon in River Falls.
The Yellowjackets went 4-2 over the weekend but needed to win one more game to have a chance to advance to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament, which includes the top six teams.
After sweeping a doubleheader from UW-La Crosse Friday in Menomonie, UWS split doubleheaders at UW-Stout and UW-River Falls on Saturday and Sunday.
River Falls is 6-8 in the WIAC, just ahead of UWS (6-10). But the Falcons own the tiebreaker over the Yellowjackets, which guarantees them the No. 6 seed.
Superior’s seasons ended with an overall record of 15-18.
UWS won its third and fourth straight games Friday with victories of 7-4 and 3-0 over the Eagles.
UWS had nine hits in the opener. Ashley Martin was 2-for-3, including a three-run home run in the second inning; Elle Niemela was 2-for-2, including a two-run home run in the first inning; Lindsay Garay hit a two-run home run in the third inning; and Haley McNeil was 2-for-3.
Nicholle Gross (8-9) picked up the complete-game victory, allowing nine hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
In game two, Garay had an RBI single and solo home run. Katie Wilke added an RBI single, and Martin was 2-for-3.
Amanda LeBard picked up the complete-game shutout, allowing seven hits with four strikeouts.
The Yellowjackets won their fifth straight game with a 4-1 win over Stout in the opener but then fell 9-3 in the rematch.
LeBard pitched a four-hitter to lead UWS in the opener but had her 13-inning scoreless streak snapped by Alison Gray’s solo home run in the seventh inning.
The Yellowjackets scored three runs in the first on an RBI single by Niemela, an RBI double by Garay and an RBI single by Whitney Brugman. Ashley Martin added a solo home run in the fifth.
Hannah Sweet hit a three-run home run to power Stout (20-10 overall, 8-6 WIAC) in the second game, while Sasha Fjeran had a two-run pinch hit double to lead UWS (14-17, 5-9).
LeBard tossed a two-hitter and Melissa Clark drove in three runs to key Superior’s 8-0, five-inning win over UWRF in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday in River Falls.
The Falcons returned the favor with a 9-1, five-inning win in the second game behind Andrea Krause’s five-hitter and Sarah Bohlen’s four RBIs.