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UWS ROUNDUP: Softball team is 6-0 in UMAC

University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Ashley Taipale delivers a pitch during the first inning of the Yellowjackets’ game with Northwestern on Tuesday, April 9, at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)1 / 2
University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Amber Yoch (20) makes an over-the-shoulder catch in the second inning of the Yellowjackets’ game with Northwestern on Tuesday, April 9, at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com) 2 / 2

The University of Wisconsin-Superior softball and baseball teams enjoyed mixed success in UMAC doubleheaders Tuesday, April 9, while three Yellowjacket athletes picked up weekly honors from the UMAC.

Softball

Strong pitching allowed UWS remain undefeated in UMAC play Tuesday with wins of 2-0 and 5-1 over Northwestern at NBC Spartan Sports Complex

Reigning UMAC Pitcher of the Week Ashley Taipale tossed a shutout in the opener, allowing five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in a 103-pitch outing.

Both UWS runs were unearned in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Davriana Horvath led off with a double, the Yellowjackets’ only hit. Amelia Leger replaced Horvath as a pinch runner, and moved to third on Gabby Gidley's sacrifice attempt. Northwestern botched the play, giving UWS runners on the corners and on the next play the Yellowjackets executed a perfect double steal, scoring Leger with the game's first run. Gidley scored on a fielder’s choice two batters later.

Amanda Kishish picked up the win in game two, allowing one run on four hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. Taipale threw the final 1 2/3 innings for the save.

Amber Yoch was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs.

The losses drop the Eagles to 13-13, 2-4.

UWS (9-15, 6-0) is scheduled to play a doubleheader at Martin Luther on Saturday, April 13. Sunday’s twinbill at Bethany Lutheran has been postponed

Baseball

James Fuerniss’ two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Saints the win in the opener 7-5. CSS completed the sweep at Wade Stadium with a 4-2 win in the second game.

In the opener, UWS scored single runs in the first and third inning and three times in the fifth on Cory Albertson home run that scored Matthew Boyd, who doubled, and Brennan Barr, singled. Albertson finished with four RBIs.

CSS scored three times in the inning and once apiece in the fifth and seventh.

Fuerniss, who entered the game as a defensive replacement, was making only batting for the second time this season.

Eric Pearson also homered for St. Scholastica while going 4-for-5.

Jake Sande pitched eight scoreless innings to pick up the win in game two.

Pearson added another home run and Brad Fossum was 3-for-3 with a double as St. Scholastica (11-8 overall, 4-0 UMAC) stretched its winning streak to six games.

Albertson scored on a wild pitch and Travis Miller homered for the Yellowjackets (6-12, 0-4), who have lost five in a row.

UWS is scheduled to play doubleheaders at Bethany Lutheran on Saturday, April 13, and Augsburg on Sunday, April 14.

Honors

Sophomore Will Sherman is the top men’s player of the week; Fauston Wirtz picked up his second straight field athlete honor; and Ashley Taipale is the softball pitcher of the week.

Sherman went 3-0 last week, helping the Yellowjackets defeat North Central 9-0 and Bethany Lutheran 8-1.

He won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles against the Vikings and 8-0 at No. 1 doubles with Josiah Borst against the Rams, and 8-5 with Harry Simpson at No. 2 against BLC.

Sherman is 4-6 in singles play so far this season and 5-5 in doubles.

Wirtz improved his own school record in the hammer throw by nearly four meters at the Cornell Invitational Saturday. He threw 56.00 meters to rank No. 14 in NCAA Division III in the event. The mark also leads the UMAC by more than 10 meters.

Taipale, from Duluth Denfeld, earned both wins April 3 as the Yellowjackets swept St. Scholastica.

Taipale pitched a no-hitter in a 2-0 Game 1 win, striking out six and allowing just three walks. In game two, a 4-3 win in eight innings, she surrendered three runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts over seven innings.

Taipale is 3-6 with a 5.25 ERA and one save in 12 appearances this season. She has stuck out 50 and walked 17 in 65.1 innings pitched.