The University of Dubuque softball team recently renovated the softball field. The Spartans added brick dugouts, permanent seating for fans (seats are from the old Comiskey Park in Chicago), and a new scoreboard. 

The Spartans have become one of the toughest teams to beat under Head Coach Wendi Wipperfurth. UD has been among the leaders in home runs in recent years. Each spring the team travels south over spring break to face competition from teams at colleges across the United States with trips to Florida or Arizona.


Allard Voted Second Team All-Iowa Conference

May 9, 2018

The Iowa Conference announced the 2018 Softball All-Conference Teams on Wednesday afternoon and Taylor Allard was the lone Spartan to be named to the list. Allard was named Second Team All-Iowa Conference by the Iowa Conference coaches.

Spartans Softball Ends Season in a Nine Inning Battle

Apr 28, 2018

Spartans softball team rally in the seventh and ninth innings, but fell shy of collecting a win on Senior Day.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
2 Morgan Turnmire OF/INF 5-8 Freshman Moline, Ill.
3 Taylor Blair P 5-5 Senior Warrenville, Ill.
4 Taylor Allard UTL 5-5 Sophomore Lake Mills, Wis
5 Ellie Schneider INF 5-10 Senior New Ulm, Minn.
11 Gabby Marchese OF 5-4 Sophomore Waukesha, Wis.
13 Brandy Heraty INF 5-5 Junior Hainesville, Ill.
14 Makenzie Kopp P/INF 5-7 Freshman Waunakee, Wis.
15 Jessica Puccinelli C/OF 5-7 Freshman Lake Zurich, Ill.
16 Courtney Markin INF/C 5-6 Senior Colona, Ill.
17 Ann Braithwaite INF 5-3 Freshman Madison, Wis.
20 Hailey Wang OF 5-4 Sophomore Elkhorn, Wis.
22 Cassandra Zaves INF 5-6 Sophomore Menasha, Wis.
26 Taylor Kurtz P/INF 5-9 Junior Kalona, Iowa
27 Morgan Jakel INF 5-7 Sophomore Scales Mound, Ill.

2018 Schedule


Mar. 3-4

at Rochester Dome Tourney

Rochester, MN


Mar. 3

at Beloit College

Rochester, MN

W, 12-3

Mar. 3

at Northwestern University

Rochester, MN

L, 8-3

Mar. 4

at Knox College

Rochester, MN

W, 7-4

Mar. 4

at Lake Forest College

Rochester, MN

L, 7-0

Mar. 11-17

at 2018 Tucson Invitational

Tucson, Ariz.


Mar. 11

at Macalester College (Field 6)

Tucson, Ariz.

W, 10-8

Mar. 11

at Dickinson College (Field 6)

Tucson, Ariz.

L, 6-4

Mar. 12

at Hood College (F6)

Tucson, Ariz.

L, 10-2

Mar. 12

at Augsburg University (F6)

Tucson, Ariz.

L, 9-2

Mar. 13

at Stevens Inst. of Tech (F7)

Tucson, Ariz.

L, 7-6

Mar. 13

at Rochester Inst. of Tech (F5)

Tucson, Ariz.

L, 6-3

Mar. 14

Off Day



Mar. 15

at Dickinson College (F1)

Tucson, Ariz.

L, 5-3

Mar. 15

at Gustavus Adolphus Col. (F1)

Tucson, Ariz.

L, 12-6

Mar. 16

at UW-La Crosse (Field 7)

Tucson, Ariz.

L, 6-0

Mar. 16

at Gustavus Adolphus Col. (F8)

Tucson, Ariz.

W, 11-3

Mar. 23-25

at Augustana Invite

Rock Island, IL


Mar. 23

at Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

L, 9-0

Mar. 24

at Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

L, 7-6

Mar. 28

vs UW-La Crosse

Dubuque, IA

L, 2-1 (8)L, 6-2





Apr. 5

at Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

L, 7-5L, 8-6

Apr. 7

at NE Wesleyan University*

Lincoln, NE,

L, 7-1, L, 14-2

Apr. 11

at Simpson College*

Indianola, IA

L, 5-1, W, 2-0

Apr. 12

at UW-Platteville

Platteville, WI

L, 6-0, L, 9-2

Apr. 14

at Wartburg College*

Waverly, IA

Postponed to 4/22

Apr. 15

vs. UW-Whitewater

Dubuque, IA


Apr. 17

vs. Coe College*

Dubuque, IA

Postponed to 4/24

Apr. 20

vs. Luther College*

Dubuque, IA

L 8-0, W 2-1

Apr. 21

vs. Loras College*

Dubuque, IA

L 8-0, L 7-6

Apr. 25

at Buena Vista University*

Storm Lake, IA

3:00 p.m.

Apr. 28

vs. Central College*

Dubuque, IA

1:00 p.m.

*Iowa Conference doubleheaders

Wendi Wipperfurth
Wendi Wipperfurth
Head Softball Coach

BA, University of Wisconsin - Platteville; Physical Education and Health

Office Phone: 563.589.3229
Office Location: 229 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click to Open

Wendi Wipperfurth was announced as the head softball coach at the University of Dubuque in 2011. Wipperfurth most recently was the head coach at Solon High School. She has been the Health and Physical Education teacher at Solon since 2006, assistant coach from 2007-2010, and was promoted to head coach in 2010.

Wipperfurth has led the Spartans to an IIAC Tournament berth in the last three seasons and has produced 18 All-Iowa Conference selections in her five season (5-First Team, 13-Second Team, and one Honorable Mention) and 4 AFCA All-Region selections. She is the winningest coach in UD softball history and set a single-season school record with 22 wins in 2014.

A native of Monroe, Wis., Wipperfurth was a four-year starter and letterwinner for the UW-Platteville Pioneers from 2002-2005. She was a two-time captain and a three-time WIAC All-Conference Selection (Honorable Mention-2003, First Team-2004, Honorable Mention-2005). Wipperfurth was an Academic All-WIAC Honoree in 2005 and earned the UW-P Pioneer Career Achievement Award in 2005.

Wipperfurth ranks fifth in the UW-P record book for homeruns in a season with eight in 2004, including a grand slam on March 29, 2004. She ranks second in career homeruns for the Pioneers with 19 and ranks 19th in the WIAC record book for career home runs. During her four-year career as a Pioneer she started in 149 games and had 134 hits with a slugging percentage of .483 and 76 RBI's.

As a high school prep, Wipperfurth was a First Team All-Badger South Conference catcher for the Monroe High School Cheesemakers. She has volunteered at annual camps and summer leagues from 2006-present for the Cheesemakers.

She is a 2005 graduate of UW-P and is currently pursuing a master's degree at the University of Northern Iowa.

Softball Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque
Year Overall IIAC    
2011 16-21 4-12 7th Place  
2012 18-22 6-10 7th Place  
2013 16-18 7-7 5th Place   *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2014 22-15 8-6 5th Place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2015 15-27 5-9 6th Place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2016 8-28 1-11 8th Place
  Total     95-131     31-55      Spartans All-Time Wins Leader

Caitlin Aulwes
Caitlin Aulwes
Assistant Softball Coach

BS, University of Dubuque; Health, Wellness and Sport
MBA, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3348
Office Location: Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

Caitlin Aulwes joined the University of Dubuque Softball staff in the summer of 2015 as a graduate assistant. 

She was a four year starter for the University of Dubuque from 2010-2014 and served as a captain during her senior year. Aulwes was a 2014 University of Dubuque graduate, where she earned a bachelor of science in health, wellness and sport. She is currently pursuing a masters of business administration from the University of Dubuque.

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