UWS Softball: Making a playoff push?

After suf­fer­ing eight straight con­fer­ence losses, it looks like the UW-Superior soft­ball team has finally fig­ured out a win­ning for­mula: score runs. In their pre­vi­ous eight con­fer­ence games, the Yel­low­jack­ets scored a com­bined total of 12 runs. But over their last four games, all of which were wins, the Yel­low­jack­ets have put up a total of 27 runs, includ­ing 13 runs against UW-Platteville on April 20th.

The offense has been led by sev­eral dif­fer­ent play­ers. Lind­say Garay has seven hits in her last ten at-bats, includ­ing a home run and has dri­ven in 11 runs over the last four games, and Melissa Clark is three for six with five runs bat­ted. More impor­tantly, the defense has been even more impres­sive for the Yel­low­jack­ets. Dur­ing the four-game win­ning streak, the Yel­low­jack­ets have com­mit­ted three errors.

As of today, the Yel­low­jack­ets are in 7th place in the Wis­con­sin Inter­col­le­giate Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. They have only four games left on their sched­ule for this sea­son: two against UW-Stout and two against UW-River Falls. As it stands right now, the Yel­low­jack­ets would miss out on the play­offs if they were to lose their remain­ing games. How­ever, if they were to earn a sweep today and a sweep tomor­row, the Yel­low­jack­ets would be in the play­offs. If they were to split their last four games, it would depend on how UW-La Crosse and UW-River Falls do against their oppo­nents. Right now, La Crosse is one game ahead of the Supe­rior in the loss col­umn and River Falls is one game ahead of Supe­rior in the win column.

Three weeks ago it looked like UW-Superior’s play­off chances looked bleak, just like our chances for hav­ing a spring in Supe­rior. But now that the weather is finally com­ing around and the tem­per­a­tures are ris­ing, the soft­ball team has put them­selves in posi­tion to make the WIAC playoffs.

Win and they’re in.

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