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Photo Credit: Terri Cole, UW-Oshkosh Sports Information
Photo Credit: Terri Cole, UW-Oshkosh Sports Information

Titans Shutout Platteville In Doubleheader

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.- The UW-Oshkosh softball team swept UW-Platteville in its road series with the Pioneers on Wednesday (May 1).

The Titans (34-2, 10-2 WIAC) defeated the Pioneers (24-14, 2-10 WIAC) 3-0 in game one and 4-0 in game two, extended their overall mark to 34-2 on the season.

Sydney Nemetz (Jr. • Marinette) started in the first game for the Titans. She pitched all seven innings with four strikeouts and two hits allowed to move to 15-1.

Scoring began in the second inning when Brianna Davis (Jr. • Oshkosh) bunted to the pitcher and sent Haylie Wittman (So. • Kaukauna) home for the Titans' first run. The next run came in the fourth inning where an RBI single to left field from Abby Garceau (Jr. • Mishicot) scored Morgan Rau (Sr. • Downers Grove, Ill.). Hannah Ritter tripled to right field sending Sydney Rau (Sr. • Downers Grove, Ill.) home Oshkosh's third run of the first game during the seventh frame.

Platteville threatened the score in the second inning when it loaded the bases with two outs, but Nemetz fanned the batter to end the inning and the Pioneers never moved past first base the rest of the contest.

In game two, Abby Freismuth (Sr. • Fond du Lac) started in the circle. She also went the distance with eight strikeouts and only five hits, extending her record to 11-0.

Cali Divito (Jr. • Inverness, Ill.) walked and Garceau singled to lead off the third inning. Ritter then put Oshkosh on the board with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Divito.

Oshkosh retained a 1-0 edge until Morgan Rau (Sr. • Downers Grove, Ill.) sent pinch runner Zoe Malone (Sr. • Pittsburgh, Pa.) across the plate in the top of the sixth inning. With runners on second and third for Davis in the next at-bat, she hit a double to center field and advanced to third on an error by the center fielder, scoring both Wittman and Rau.

Much like the opener, Freismuth largely kept the Pioneers off the basepath, allowing just one to reach third base during the second inning.

The Titans will wrap up the regular season and have a chance to secure both the WIAC regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the league tournament on Saturday (May 4) at UW-Eau Claire. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Written by Emily Buffington, UW-Oshkosh Sports Information