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.