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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