UWS softball picked to finish 4th in UMAC


The University of Wisconsin-Superior softball team was picked to finish fourth this spring in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

The Yellowjackets, who placed fourth last season, is loaded with returning talent in all-UMAC honorees Ciarra Stavang, Saige Patrick and Katie White. All three are seniors.

A year ago Stavang, a three-time UMAC player, averaged a.485 slugging percentage, and led the team in doubles with 10.

White will once again manage the duties at first base. Last year she held a .327 batting average, was UMAC Honorable Mention, and was All-UMAC Defensive Team.

Patrick will also make a return to the outfield. Last season she was second in the UMAC in batting average with .454 with 22 hits and a .454 OBP.

Over the last decade, the College of St. Scholastica has been tabbed by coaches to win its 10th straight UMAC championship.

The Saints pulled in 61 points and six first-place votes from the coaches, while three other squads appeared first on one ballot. Last season’s co-runner-ups Crown College and the University of Northwestern came in second (53 points) and third (51 points), respectively, with each getting a first-place nod. The 2016 UMAC postseason champion UWS also picked up a first-place vote and sits fourth with 47 points.

The Yellowjackets, under the guidance of Roger Plachta for the past 17 seasons, were 16-17 overall last year and 9-7 in the UMAC. They kick off their season Feb. 24 in the Finlandia Dome Classic in Marquette, Mich.

’JACKET JOTTINGS: UWS has the distinction of winning both UMAC and WIAC Tournament Championships.

2018 UMAC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

  1. St. Scholastica (6) 61
  2. Crown (1) 53
  3. Northwestern (1) 51
  4. UW-Superior (1) 47
  5. Bethany Lutheran 38
  6. Minnesota Morris 27
  7. Martin Luther 23
  8. Northland 16
  9. North Central 8


2018 Women’s Softball Schedule

Finlandia Dome Classic

Sat., Feb. 24 vs. Edgewood, 7 a.m.

Sat., Feb. 24 vs. Marian, 11 a.m.

Sun., Feb. 25 vs. Concordia, 3 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 25 vs. Finlandia, 5 p.m.

Mon., March 5 at Bethel, noon

Tue., March 6 at Hamline, 12:30 p.m.

Gene Cusic Classic

Fort Myers and Orlando, Fla.

Sat., March 17 vs. Knox College, 8 a.m.

Sat., March 17 vs. Castleton, 10 a.m.

Sun., March 18 vs. Knox, 10 a.m.

Sun., March 18 vs. North Central, noon

Tue., March 20 vs. Allegheny, 10:30 a.m.

Tue., March 20 vs. Centre College, 1 p.m.

Wed., March 21 vs. N’western (2), 1 p.m.

Fri., March 23 vs. Carroll, 8 a.m.

Fri., March 23 vs. Maryville, 10:30 a.m.

Sat., March 24 vs. Williams, 8 a.m.

Sat., March 24 vs. Thomas, 8 a.m.

Sat., March 31 at Crown, 1 p.m.

Sat., April 7 vs. Beth Luth (2), 1 p.m.

Tue., April 10 vs. N’west (2), 3:30 p.m.

Sat., April 14 vs. Martin Luth (2), 1 p.m.

Wed., April 18 at Northland (2), 3:30 p.m.

Sat., April 21 at N. Central (2), 1 p.m.

Sat., April 28 vs. Mn. Morris (2), 1 p.m.


2018 Women’s Softball Roster

1 Lizzy Borgwardt OF Jr. Verona, Wis

5 Katie White P/IF Sr. Pequot Lakes

6 Amelia Leger OF Sr. Andover

7 Becca Kallhoff P/IF Fr. Canby, Minn.

8 Bobbijean Miller IF/C So. Oak Grove

9 Ciarra Stavang OF Sr. Denfeld

10 Gabby Gidley IF Jr. Superior

13 Bailey Kinnunen IF So. Grand Rapids

17 Saige Patrick OF Jr. Manitoba

20 Maggie Cragg IF Sr. Champlin

22 Damara Theis IF So. Shakopee

23 Macy Hanson P/OF Sr. Grantsburg

24 Sarah Fjeran P/IF So. Dul. Marshall

27 Kayla Hartl IF Jr. Medford

30 Whitney Bertram-Messer

IF Fr. Bertha, Minn.

33 Alayna Tulip IF Fr. Arcadia, Wis.