Softball Weekend Recap: Jackets’ Blanked Four Times To Open WIAC Play

The UWS soft­ball team hit the road to open con­fer­ence play over the week­end rid­ing an impres­sive 13 game win­ning streak. In four con­tests the Yel­low­jack­ets were unable to get any offense going as they were shut out in all four games.

In game num­ber one against Plat­teville, the Yel­low­jack­ets only man­aged one hit in the game, a sin­gle by out­fielder Sally Linzmeier, in an 8–0 loss. The Pio­neers put up two runs in the bot­tom of the first off Jack­ets’ pitcher Nicolle Gross. Gross kept the Pio­neers at bay until the fourth when UW-Platteville touched the senior for six runs. In total Gross who took the loss, sur­ren­dered eight earned runs in four innings while strik­ing out one and issu­ing two walks. Gross fell to 10–3 on the season.

In game two of the dou­ble header fresh­man Sarah Hen­drick­son got the call. The Yel­low­jack­ets again couldn’t muster up enough offense and lost another 8–0 con­fer­ence match. Linzmeier col­lected two hits for UWS and stole a base while Kris­ten Haider had the other hit for the Yel­low­jack­ets. Hen­drick­son took the loss and fell to 7–3 on the year, allow­ing six earned runs over three innings of work.

The Yel­low­jack­ets trav­eled to Lacrosse on Sun­day hop­ing to get back in the win col­umn. But again the Yel­low­jack­ets failed to cre­ate any offense falling in both games by scores of 6–0 and 4–0.

In the first game the Eagles took advan­tage of five UWS errors and scored six runs off Yel­low­jacket starter Nicolle Gross en route to a 6–0 win. Gross was charged with zero earned runs of the six scored as she went the dis­tance fan­ning five and walk­ing just one. Linzmeier, Elle Neimala, Melissa Clark, Katie Wilke and Sasha Fjeran all col­lected hits for the Jackets.

In game two, the Yel­low­jack­ets were blanked again at the hands of the Eagles, los­ing 4–0. Gross again got the call for UWS and went four and a third, allow­ing two earned runs and struck out one. Sarah Hen­drick­son pitched in relief for the Yel­low­jack­ets allow­ing just one run in an inning and two thirds. Gross fell to 10–5 on the sea­son. Offen­sively, Brit­nee Blake led the Yel­low­jack­ets with two hits. Neimala and Wilke also col­lected hits for UWS.

The Yel­low­jack­ets (17–8, 0–4 WIAC) whose dou­ble­header has been post­poned on Wednes­day against North­land Col­lege, will next head to River Falls to bat­tle the Fal­cons and Menomonie to take on UW-Stout in dou­ble­head­ers Sat­ur­day and Sun­day. First pitch both days is set for noon.

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