UWS Baseball begins conference play

The University of Wisconsin-Superior Baseball team holds a 7-8 record heading into their first conference matchup of the year. The Yellowjackets will travel to UW-Whitewater April 6th and play a double header in back to back day-games.

The Jackets have played in three non-conference double header’s this season, all played at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. They hold a 2-4 record at the Dome losing to Augsburg twice, and dropping a single game to Saint Johns, and Saint Mary’s.

The Jackets traveled to Tucson, Ariz. to compete in a spring break tournament. The Jackets went 5-4 in Arizona while spending six days in the warm weather.

The Jackets split with Macalester, lost their single game against Grand View, and were yet again, swept by Augsburg.

The Jackets did however take home their fair share of games over spring break, beating Macalester once, and winning the single game matchup’s against Wesleyan, Williams, and Gustavus. In the last game in Arizona the Jackets defeated California Lutheran who is ranked 11 in the country for Division-III baseball.

The heart of the hitting success is coming from seniors Robbie Veith and Jeff Miller. Veith is tied with junior, Tom Fairbanks, leading the team with an impressive .377 batting average. But its Miller who has held the clutch bat thus far, with 17 RBI’s (runs batted in).

The Jackets have relied on four starting pitchers, Dan Genrich, Alex Beers, Travis Elwood, and Kyle Gauger. Genrich the only senior out of the starting roataion has led the team with 30.1 innings on the mound. He has struck out 24 batters, in six appearances and holds a 4.45 ERA (earned run average). Cody Johnson has been the go-to reliever, appearing four times, striking out seven.

The Jackets have 12 double header’s remaining, which is all conference play. The Jackets do not host a single game at home this year and will finish the rest of the year on the road.

Rob Veith
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