Softball sets its sights on WIAC title

Levi Zimmerman

The UW Oshkosh women’s softball team looks to build consistency as this season progresses. The Titans have started the 2015 campaign with victories over conference foes such as UW-Platteville, UW-Eau Claire and UW-Superior. The team isn’t selling itself short, as it aims for a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship title. “We have a pretty strong conference, and I’m sure we will battle with Whitewater for the conference title,” freshman pitcher Clare Robbe said. “Our team is ready to play and we all know that we can compete with anyone.” Robbe is among the leaders of this year’s pitching staff, boasting an ERA of 2.79 thus far. Underclassmen rule the 2015 pitching staff with three sophomores and one freshman. Robbe said the doublheader against Platteville, particularly the second game, was successful. “The second game we played against Platteville was one of the better played games we had,” Robbe said. “Pitching, defense and offense were all very strong. We also played quite a few other strong games down in Florida.” The Titans put away the Platteville Pioneers in just five innings by a score of 16-2, allowing just 2 hits. The ladies look to continue to “play ourselves,” according to sophomore Sara Brunlieb. The right-handed pitcher for the Titans said she believes every game is just as important as the others. “I think every game we play in is equally important,” Brunlieb said. “We go into each game wanting to play ourselves, and if we do that, we will be in great shape.” Brunlieb said she is pleased with the contributions coming from many different players. “We are playing well and working together, so that’s all you can really ask for,” Brunlieb said. “[Starting players] as well as bench players, are coming in clutch in big situations.” This year’s team focuses on keeping it simple, along with doing the little things right, according to senior outfielder Emily Mallek. “We work on making routine plays and stringing hits together,” Mallek said. “As long as we play our game, great things will happen.” Just like many of her teammates, Mallek said she has her eyes set on the WIAC crown. “We obviously want to win the WIAC tournament, and I know we have the talent and mindsets to do it,” Mallek said. “I’m excited to see where we end up.”