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.