Softball slams WIAC schedule going 2-4 in doubleheaders


Steve Frommell

Natalie Dudek hits a double versus UW-Stevens Point. Dudek finished with one hit and one run.

Ally Gwidt, Assistant Sports Editor

The UW Oshkosh softball team went 2-4 last week in doubleheaders versus UW-Platteville, St. Norbert College and UW-Stevens Point.

UW-Stevens Point

The Titans initiated their three-game stretch with losses to UWSP on Wednesday in Stevens Point.

UWO allowed two runs-in while tacking one of their own to come up short in game one, 2-1, to the Pointers.

The Titan offense combined for three walks and five hits, while leaving seven batters on base.

In the nightcap, UWSP piled 10 runs on to UWO’s two runs-batted-in to force a short five-inning game.

Senior Claire Petrus was the starting pitcher and also added a homerun for the Titans.

St. Norbert

UWO exchanged shutouts with St. Norbert on Tuesday after defeating the Green Knights 1-0 in the first game and losing 4-0 in the nightcap.

The Titans developed their lead after Natalie Dudek’s sacrifice fly in the fifth batted-in Katie Fontanetta to score the only points of the game.

In game two, UWO was held to zero runs as St. Norbert plated four runs-in, including a home run from Alyssa Sikora in the fourth frame.


The Titans fell short to UW-Platteville in game one 1-0 but rallied for an dominant 7-2 victory over the Pioneers in game two on Friday at home.

Both teams remained scoreless until Platteville’s Rachel Martin singled to right field in the top of the fourth, advancing Riley Kelsch to home plate to score the only run of the night.

The Titans accounted for three hits the entire game while the Pioneers tallied two.

In the nightcap, the Titans opened the first inning with up two runs on Platteville before tacking on five more runs in the second frame to give UWO an early 7-0 lead.

While the Titans remained scoreless the remainder of the game, the Pioneers attempt at a comeback fell short, scoring only two runs-in — one at the top of the third and the other at the top of the fifth.

First basemen Kaitlyn Krol said despite ending this week’s stretch on a back-to-back losses, experiences like these will only strengthen the team as a whole as they head into the latter of the season.

“After every game we play — either a win or a loss—we are learning and developing,” Krol said. “We have been through every situation possible in terms of being behind and getting ahead, losing a close game, winning on a walk off, etc. Our team has faced so much adversity, and I think ultimately all that is going to put us ahead this season.”

Junior pitcher Claire Petrus said that the Titans need to maintain a positive attitude to accomplish the success they want to in the coming weeks.

“We have to remember all the good things that we have done these past couple of games and use that as motivation to keep us going and winning again,” Petrus said.

The Titans will play a doubleheader against UW-Eau Claire on Friday at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Game one will be at 2 p.m. and game two will be at 4 p.m.