Pointer Softball Splits Final Three Series
Andy Hesse
After losing six of the previous seven series, the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point softball team split the final three of the season. In the final series at home against the University of Wisconsin - Stout, sophomore infielder Paige Meulemans hit a walk off home run in the tenth inning to end the first game.
On Strikeout Cancer Day, in a home match against the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Point lost game one of the series 8-1. Freshman outfielder Jordan Schreiner went two for two and had Point’s only run.
Junior pitcher Michelle Jones helped Point win game two with a six-hit shutout giving the Pointers a 3-0 victory. Freshman shortstop Maddie Sawdey started the Pointers off with a triple, which, following a wild pitch, led to the first run of the game.
Two days later, Point hosted St. Norbert College for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day and took game one with an 8-5 victory. Point started the game giving up one run in the top of the first but scored seven runs of their own in the first two innings. Jones recorded the victory.
The next game Point fell 7-6 in an attempted comeback, scoring five runs in the seventh. St. Norbert recorded all seven runs in the first inning and only allowed one run through six but resisted the Pointer comeback in the high scoring seventh.
Point then hosted Stout for a season finale series. Game one of the series had just one run for each team during regular innings but Meulemans knocked a one-out pitch deep into left field for a walk-off home run.
The Pointers couldn’t keep the momentum going as Stout scored seven runs in the first three innings to win game two, 7-1. Point’s lone run came from Sawdey in the third inning with sophomore pitcher Bekah Rennicke recording the loss.
Katie Shulfer pitches for the Pointers. The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
softball season comes to a close with an overall record of 14-24. Photo by Mitch Capelle.
Point closed out the season with a 14-24 overall record, 3-13 in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. Point loses senior catcher Kelly Arndt in the offseason but all other starters are set to return.
Point will be excluded from this year’s WIAC tournament taking place this weekend. The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire holds the one seed while the preseason favorite Falcons from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls hold the third seed.
Eau Claire is hosting the tournament where they will face off against the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. River Falls will face off against Stout in the bottom of the bracket. The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater holds the two seed and will take on the University of Wisconsin - Platteville.
Eau Claire and Oshkosh will start the tournament at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 4.