UWS Round-up: Three ’Jackets honored
University of Wisconsin-Superior softball players took Upper Midwest Athletic Conference weekly honors after a dominating weekend.
After a 4-0 weekend in UMAC play, the Yellowjackets swept the weekly awards as sophomore outfielder Saige Patrick was named the UMAC Player of the Week and freshman pitcher Megan Pehrson was named the league’s pitcher of the week.
The honor was Perhson’s second such honor in the past three weeks.
Patrick batted 10-for-13 (.769) on the week with six extra-base hits including her second home run of the season, drove in three runs and scored five runs.
In Sunday’s doubleheader with Northland College, Patrick was 6-for-6 with three triples.
Pehrson dominated on the mound for the UWS (12-9, 5-1 UMAC), tossing three complete games, including a pair of shutouts in both ends of the doubleheader against Minnesota Morris.
In total, she allowed just two earned runs on 13 hits while striking out 24 in 19 innings of work, moving to 8-3 on the season with three victories while posting a 0.74 ERA.
Valerie Rowe earned her first UMAC Athlete of the Week honor after an impressive afternoon at the Norse Relays hosted by Luther (Iowa) College. She had previously earned a UMAC Track Athlete of the Week honor during the indoor campaign on Jan. 23.
Rowe broke the UWS record in the pole vault, a record that stood for nine years, with a vault of 3.20 meters on Saturday. She currently sits atop the UMAC rankings in the event.
Rowe also participated in three of the Yellowjacket relay teams that each finished second on the track in the 4x200, 4x400 and the sprint medley relays.
The UWS women set a handful of personal records at the Hamline Women’s Twilight meet Wednesday in St. Paul.
Rowe finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 1:04.77. She was also seventh in the pole vault (3.05 meters).
Former Superior Spartan Taylor Phillips was fifth in the shot put (11.54 meters) and 10th in the discus with a personal-best 36.39 meters.
Kelli Praska was 13th in the 1,500 (4:54.99); Mathea Brink posted a season-best time of 5:46.18 in the same event; and Maria Mazo was eighth in the high jump (1.45 meters.).
The UWS women and men will compete at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gustavus Adolphus.
UWS split a pair of UMAC games with Northland College Tuesday at Ted Whereatt Field in Superior.
In the opener, Braeden Barr’s efforts on the mound and at the plate led the Yellowjackets to a 5-3 win. Barr put UWS (5-15 overall, 3-1 UMAC) on the board in the opening frame with a sacrifice fly, before driving in two more runs on a single in the second inning.
The sophomore then pitched the final two innings, allowing one run on two hits to earn the save. Grant Schneider earned the win, allowing two runs on five hits over five innings, while Stephen Albertson was the lone Yellowjacket to record multiple hits.
Northland (3-11, 0-2) took the second game 5-4 thanks to a combined eight hits from its first four batters in the order who went 8-for-9, had two RBIs and combined to score all five runs.
Both Cory Albertson and his older brother, Stephen, hit solo home runs for UWS.
UWS senior infielder Chad Patko drove in two runs on a ground-rule double to tie the game 3-3 in the fourth inning, but Alex Loberger drove in runs in the fifth and seventh innings to lift the Lumberjacks to the win.
UWS hosted Finlandia at 1 p.m. today and plays at Minnesota Morris at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
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UWS had its five-game winning streak snapped with a pair of losses at St. Scholastica Tuesday afternoon.
The Saints won 4-1 and 9-1 in five innings and have now won 36 straight UMAC regular season home games. Their last home loss was to Northland College in 2011.
The Yellowjackets and Saints were playing for the first time since UWS defeated St. Scholastica in the UMAC playoff championship game last season.
With the wins, CSS (15-11, 8-0 UMAC) remains atop the UMAC standings, while UWS (12-11, 5-3) is in third place.
UWS couldn’t get its offense going in the opener and was held to one run for the first time since March 21 when it lost 2-0 to Ave Maria (Fla.).
UWS had three hits in the opener, an RBI single by Bobbi Jean Miller, a double by Maggie Cragg and a single by Saige Patrick.
St. Scholastica scored all of its runs in the fifth inning.
Pehrson suffered the defeat, allowing four earned runs on six hits while striking out three in 4.2 innings. Sarah Hendrickson pitched the final 1.1 innings, striking out one and walking three.
Chrisi Mizera (7-6) allowed just one unearned run on three hits while striking out five for CSS.
UWS had four hits in game two. Taipale had two of the hits with an RBI; and Miller and Gabby Gidley singled.
The Saints had 13 hits, three apiece from Olivia Bretting and Jena O’Bryne; and two apiece from Alex Bremer, Hannah Borgeson and Chrisi Mizera,
UWS hosted Crown College Thursday.
’JACKET JOTTINS: St. Scholastica leads the all-time series with UWS 25-23. … UWS went 3-2 against the Saints last year, including beating them twice in the UMAC tournament. … UWS has not defeated the Saints at Kenwood Field in the regular season since the 2002 season.
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