Pointers Finish Strong after Tough Start in Florida
Will Rossmiller
wross460@uwsp.edu

The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point softball team traveled to Florida over spring break to participate in the NTC games, and finished with a 4-8 record.

The Pointers played in Clermont, Florida, and faced tough competition from around the U.S. throughout the week.
 

The first 10 games were a challenge for Stevens Point, losing 8 of their first 10, but the team had a good end to the week, winning their last two games over the break.
 
"It was a great test for our players," said head coach Jill Millis. "It isn’t easy playing 12 games in eight days in 85 degree weather, and it gets them ready for the rigorous regular season and conference play."
 
UWSP started the week of games on Sunday, March 15, against Washington and Jefferson College of Pennsylvania. The Pointers won 7-3.
 
Later on Sunday Stevens Point went up against Elmhurst College from Illinois. The Pointers would fall in this game, 1-4.
 
On Monday, the Pointers would lose to both of their opponents, Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, and Western New England College, by scores of 1-7, and 2-4.
 
Tuesday started with a win over Lawrence University by a score of 6-0. The day finished with a 5-8 loss to Western Connecticut State University.
 
UWSP would get back in action on Thursday, but did not fare well. The team dropped both of its games, losing to Elmhurst College again, 1-9, and falling to Frostburg State College from Maryland, 0-2.
 
The Pointers played another two games on Friday but once again fell short in both, losing to Bethel University, 4-6, and Eastern Connecticut State University, 2-3.
 
The bright spot of the week came on Saturday when the Pointers defeated Manchester College from Indiana, 7-6, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 3-2.
 
Although it may have been a tough week overall for the Pointers, there were some bright spots.
 
"We had many instances where several players stepped up big in key situations and either came through with a big hit or defensive stop," Millis said.
 
One of the good surprises of the week came from freshman outfielder Sam Raddant, who did not disappoint in her first big starts during the season.
 
Raddant went 12-for-32 during the week, adding six runs, three RBIs and 16 total bases on the week. She now has a .375 batting average.
 
"Our talented freshman class showed they can compete at this level, and they really stepped up in key situations throughout the week," Millis said.
 
Sophomore utility player Bekah Rennicke continued her strong start to the 2012 season, going 7-21 during the week, also tallying two runs scored, and two RBIs. Her batting average now stands at a team high .419. She also hit her first homerun as a Pointer.
 
Junior first baseman Katie Krueger also had a good week, going 13-36, scoring two runs and driving in eight.
 
Krueger now leads the team in RBIs with 14. At week’s end, her batting average was up to .360.
 
The Pointers also had some strong performances from two of their pitchers, junior Michelle Jones and sophomore Sara Babbitts.
 
Jones pitched 36 innings in Florida and struck out 18 batters. She also went the distance in two games, pitching all seven innings.
 
Babbitts made her season debut down in Florida, and had some strong showings. She pitched a team high 43 1/3 innings during the break and totaled 21 strike outs. Babbitts also pitched two complete games.
 
"Overall our pitching was solid," Millis said. "Michelle Jones and Sara Babbitts did a great job against some very tough opponents throughout the week."
 
The Pointers start their regular season with a doubleheader at Marion College this Wednesday, followed by a doubleheader at UW-Eau Claire on Saturday.