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Head Coach Wendi Wipperfurth and the University of Dubuque softball team finished eighth in the Iowa Conference with a record of 8-28 overall, 1-11 in the Iowa Conference.
Led by UD's lone All-Iowa Conference selection, first teamer and outfielder Gianna Kuras paced the Spartans with a .382 batting average and 13 hits in IIAC play. A rugged Iowa Conference slate was punctuated by UD's offensive barrage in a 17-10 rout of Loras in the Strikeout Cancer game. The Spartans and the Duhawks teamed up to raise $4642.60 for the American Cancer Society in a game where all but one Spartan position player nabbed a hit as they finished with a season-high 16. Both teams have combined to raise $9779.08 since 2012.
After a tough start to the season that featured four, one-run losses in their first six games, the Spartans finished 5-5 against east coast teams in their Spring Break trip to Kissimmee, Florida behind freshman pitcher Mackenzie Kyle and senior first baseman Tori Woltz.
Kyle posted a team-best 2.33 ERA, a 4-1 record, and three complete games in five starts and 27.0 innings pitched. Woltz posted a team-best .438/.455/.469 slash line with three runs, 14 hits, one double, and four RBIs.
Kyle finished the season with a team-best 3.58 ERA while Woltz hit a team-leading .312.
UD saw doubleheaders against UW-Platteville and Buena Vista cancelled due to rain as they played an abbreviated IIAC schedule.
The season didn't play out the way we expected, but a lot of growth happened this year," said Head Coach Wendi Wipperfurth. "A team can learn many things from having a hard year and resiliency is one of them."
"One of my favorite moments of the year was sweeping Cornell," added Coach Wipperfurth. "The girls played well that day and it was a lot of fun. My proudest moment was at the UD honors convocation seeing many of my student-athletes receive awards for their hard work in the classroom."
"I am looking forward to next year. The players work hard and love the game, so I am looking forward to the growth and competitiveness of the returners and newcomers."
-Tied for IIAC-lead with eight double plays turned during IIAC play
-13 of 19 players were freshmen or sophomores, including all four pitchers
First Team | Gianna Kuras - OF
Roster Makeup - 19 total
Freshman - 5
Sophomore - 8
Junior - 3
Senior - 3
Stat Leaders (36 games)
Runs per game: 2.67
Batting Average: .242
Batting average: Tori Woltz (.312)
Hits: Woltz (34)
RBI: Brianna Gyrion (14)
Runs: Gyrion (13)
Stolen Bases: Andrea Smith (5)
ERA: Mackenzie Kyle (3.58)
Innings: Kyle (74.1)
Wins: Kyle (5)
CG: Kyle (6)
Strikeouts: Kyle (40)
Ainsley Billesbach, Andrea Smith, Tori Woltz
2015-16 Academic All-Iowa Conference
Ainsley Billesbach - Nursing
Rebecca Diffenderfer - Aviation Management
Gabby Kroeger - Flight Operations
Kayleigh Leddy - Elementary Education
Laura Melville - Human Health Science
Megan Schlueter - Chemistry
Andrea Smith - Spor Marketing & Management
Victoria Woltz - Wellness & Exercise Science
2015 Softball Team Roster
#1-Dia Borden, #2-Meggie Schmidt, #3-Amanda Williams, #4-Carlee Grunder, #5-Hannah Koerperich, #6-Tori Woltz, #7-Andrea Smith, #8-Kelli Gerace, #9-Ainsley Billesbach, #10-Megan Schlueter, #11-Rebecca Diffenderfer, #12-Gianna Kuras, #13-Alexandria Brown, #15-Sara Wade, #16-Megan Loes, #21-Brianna Gyrion, #22-Kendall Huemann, #23-DreAna Heidenreich, #26-Gabby Kroeger, #27-Kayleigh Leddy, #28-Courtney Markin, #33-Laura Melville.
Head Coach Wendi Wipperfurth. Asst. Coaches: Mark Rako and Ashley M.
Spartan Softball Qualify for Third Straight IIAC Tournament
DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque softball team put an extended losing streak behind them and utilized a pair of All-Iowa Conference First Teamers, utility Meggie Schmidt and outfielder Andrea Smith, and one Second Teamer, pitcher Megan Loes to earn their third straight trip to the IIAC Tournament as the sixth seed with a 15-27, 5-9 IIAC record. UD avenged a season sweep at the hands of Simpson to eliminate the #3-seed Storm in round one of the IIAC Tournament, 7-3, thanks to a two-RBI triple by second basemen Ainsley Billesbach and a two-run homer by freshman catcher Courtney Markin.
In the first year of the single-elimination format, the Spartans advanced to and fell in the semifinals, 7-1, to the eventual IIAC Tournament champions, #2-seed Central. Schmidt, playing left field, opened up the fifth with a leadoff double and later scored on shortstop Carlee Grunder’s RBI-single for UD’s lone run. All of Central’s runs were unearned, aided by five Spartan miscues in the field.
Despite being eliminated by Central, Head Coach Wendi Wipperfurth was proud of her squad's noteworthy accomplishments throughout the season:
"The highs we experienced were worthy of the record books after beating Central and Simpson, each for just the sixth time in the history of the program and making the conference tournament for the third year in a row."
The future looks bright even without senior Meggie Schmidt. A double-digit letterwinner, the 2014 All-IIAC Second Team Selection at second base, Schmidt produced even amidst an 11-game skid. She heated up after joining the team late due to earning an IIAC regular season title with women’s basketball. The Edgerton, Wis. native batted .395 with an on-base percentage of .410 and a slugging percentage of .605 over the 11-game span. Schmidt recorded five-multi hits games and compiled a seven-game hit streak while committing zero errors in the field despite starting at three different positions.
Schmidt joined Smith as the sixth and seventh Spartans named to the All-IIAC First Team. Schmidt finished the season batting .395/.405/.535 with two home runs, 13 RBIs, a team-high 21 runs and 51 hits. She ended her impressive career as a Top-10 career performer in 10 different categories.
Smith, in her first year at UD, hit .280/.325/.398 with 19 runs, two home runs, and 15 RBIs. She also finished 4-for-4 on stolen bases and belted a grand slam as her first-ever home run in win over Loras on April 2.
Loes tossed arguably her best game of the season in 3-1 victory over nationally ranked Central on April 10. The junior allowed just one earned run and two hits in a complete game, 7.0 innings, to give the Spartans an early 4-1 IIAC record. UD swept Wartburg in their first series then split with three straight opponents Loras, Central, and Buena Vista before the skid.
"The 2015 season did not go as expected, but we faced many highs and lows this season because of the number of injuries and inconsistency in play," added Coach Wipperfurth. "However, this team fought through adversity and many times we battled back in the 7th inning regardless of the outcome."
Sporting a 3-3 overall record to begin the season, the Spartans finished 4-6 in spring training. UD defeated Lewis & Clark, 4-3, after a bases loaded walk by third basemen Kelli Gerace as the senior added a .576 slugging percentage, three home runs, six runs, and six RBIs to lead the Spartans over the 10-game trip.
"I am very proud of this team and what we have accomplished over the past couple of years and look forward to what the future holds," added Coach Wipperfurth on her final thoughts.
The Spartans will graduate six senior starters, including three pitchers, but bring back key returner and junior first basemen, Tori Woltz, who was the lone Spartan to receive Capital One Academic All-District 8 team honors as a Wellness & Exercise Science major. Woltz went .296/.361/.407 at the dish with two home runs and 13 RBIs.
Pitcher - Megan Loes
Offense - Carlee Grunder and Meggie Schmidt
Defense - Courtney Markin
Most Improved Player
All-Iowa Conference honorees (*Senior)
UT Meggie Schmidt*
OF Andrea Smith
P Megan Loes*
Capital One Academic All-District 8 Team
1B Tori Woltz
Academic All-Iowa Conference
1B Tori Woltz
2B Ainsley Billesbach
2014 Softball Team
Front Row: Lindsay Ellinor, Megan Davis, Hannah Koerperich, Carlee Grunder, Amber Meyer, Caitlin Aulwes, Amanda Williams, Meggie Schmidt, Dia Borden, and Laura Magana.
Back Row: Head Coach Wendi Wipperfurth, Lauren Lyles, Sara Wade, Caitlin Chiri, Megan Loes, Tori Woltz, Kelli Gerace, Gianna Kuras, Ainsley Billesbach, Jennifer Pohlman, Asst. Coach Chancey Wilcke, and Asst. Coach Mark Rako.
The 2014 University of Dubuque Softball team finished the season with an overall record of 22-15 and fifth place in the Iowa Conference at 8-6. The Spartans went 1-2 at the IIAC Tournament with a win against #13 Central. UD also swept #8 Luther at home as they won three games versus ranked opponents. The 2014 Spartans set school records in wins (22), runs (198), runs batted in (178), triples (15), home runs (25), slugging percentage (.453), and strikeouts on the mound (176).
Senior Amber Meyer (Catcher) and sophomore Ainsley Billesbach (Second Base) were named First Team All-Iowa Conference. Senior Caitlin Aulwes (Outfield), junior Hannah Koerperich (DH), and junior Amanda Williams (Pitcher) were selected Second Team All-IIAC. Billesbach and Koerperich would go on to be selected Third Team NFCA All-Midwest Region. Meyer finished her outstaning career at UD as the All-Time Leader in hits (146), runs (96), home runs (12), runs batted in (72), total bases (223), walks (67), on base percentage (.424), and games played (147).
Caitlin Aulwes, Ainsley Billesbach, Kellie Gerace, Megan Loes, Jennifer Pohlman, and Tori Woltz earned Academic All-Iowa Conference. Billesbach and Woltz would also be honored as First Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District.
2013 Softball Team
Front Row: Natalie Blatz, Shawna Dole, Meggie Schmidt, Emily Michels, and Caitlin Aulwes.
Middle Row: Jessica Serd, Laura Magana, Rachel Perkowitz, Mackenzie Hadler, Kristin Henderson, Ainsley Billesbach, Alyssa Larsen, and Dionna Jensen.
Back Row: Amber Meyer, Stephanie Carter, Chelsea Hawkins, Megan Loes, Tori Woltz, Kelli Gerace, Susie Danielewski, Lindsay Ellinor, and Jennifer Pohlman.
The 2013 University of Dubuque Softball team finished the season with an overall record of 16-18 and fifth place in the Iowa Conference at 7-7. The Spartans won their first round game of the IIAC Tournament, 2-1 against Simpson on a 2-run Home Run by Amber Meyer before being defeated in the Semifinals by Coe. Junior Amber Meyer (Utility) was named First Team All-Iowa Conference. Seniors Susan Danielewski (Outfield), Shawna Dole (Shortstop), and sophomore Meggie Schmidt (Second base) were selected Second Team All-IIAC. Meyer would go on to be selected Third Team NFCA All-Midwest Region. UD also earned its first ever regional ranking by coming in eigth in the final NCAA regional ranking of the season.
Caitlin Aulwes, Lindsay Ellinor, Kellie Gerace, Chelsea Hawkins, Rachel Perkowitz, and Jessica Serd earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2012 Softball Team
Front Row: Christina Guy, Laura Magana, Amber Meyer, Caitlin Aulwes, Morgan Nearad, Jessica Serd, Shawna Dole, and Jamese Sanders.
Back Row: Jessica Nearad, Emily Michels, Kate Wiersema, Lindsay Ellinor, Kelli Gerace, Kelsey Ennega, Susan Danielewski, Emily Kjos, Chelsea Hawkins, and Rachel Perkowitz.
The 2012 Softball team finished the season with an overall record of 18-22 and seventh place in the Iowa Conference at 6-10 for second year head coach Wendi Wipperfurth. Junior Shawna Dole (Shortstop) and sophomore Jessica Nearad (Utility) were 1st Team All-Iowa Conference selections. Sophomore Amber Meyer (Outfield) was recognized as Honorable Mention All-IIAC. The Spartans 18 wins set a new school record for wins in a season.
Caitlin Aulwes, Lindsay Ellinor, Jessica Serd, and Kate Wiersema all earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2011 Softball Team
Front Row: Christina Chamberlain, Liz Newman, Hillary Taets, and Shawna Dole.
Middle Row: Meghan Johnson, Amber Meyer, Nichole Williams, Caitlin Aulwes, Laura Magana, Rebecca Kuhle, and Jessica Serd.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Hailey Dreyer, MacKenzie ?, Jessica Nearad, Melissa Webster, Kate Wiersema, Susan Danielewski, Lindsay Ellinor, Emily Michels, Katie McMahon, and Head Coach Wendi Wipperfurth.
The 2011 Softball team finished the season with an overall record of 16-21 and seventh place in the Iowa Conference at 4-12 under first year head coach Wendi Wipperfurth. Senior Christina Chamberlain (First base), sophomore Shawna Dole (Shortstop), and freshmen Jessica Nearad (Utility) and Laura Magana (Second base) were all named 2nd Team All-Iowa Conference selections.
Christina Chamberlain, Jessica Serd, and Kate Wiersema earned Academic All-Iowa Conference. Chamberlain was also selected Second Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District.
2010 Softball Team
Front Row: Kristin Valant and Brittany Bullock.
2nd Row: Jessica Serd, Katie McMahon, Katelynn Ashens, Erin Evans, Sondra Grover, Emily Weiss, and Megan Johnson.
3rd Row: Emily Michels, Shawna Dole, Erica Harris, Kate VanLandshoot, Danielle Gonzalez, Lynn Nehl, #27, and Taylor Ihns.
Back Row: Susan Danielewski, Christina Chamberlain, Emilee Stoffer, Whitley Phillip, Kelli Berkley, Amanda Evans, Katie Golien, and Kate Wiersema.
The 2010 Softball team finished the season with an overall record of 10-25 and ninth place in the Iowa Conference at 3-12. Freshman Shawna Dole (Second base) was named Honorable Mention All-Iowa Conference.
Christina Chamberlain, Erin Evans, Erica Harris, Emilee Stoffer, and Kate VanLandschoot all earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2009 Softball Team Roster
#3-Sondra Grover, #4-Amanda Evans, #5-Emilee Stoffer, #8-Kristin Valant, #10-Carli Lionhood, #13-Katie Golien, #14-Rachel Gratz, #15-Kate VanLandschoot, #16-Katelynn Ashens, #20-Lynn Nehl, #22-Christina Chamberlain, #23-Margarita Lopez, #24-Erin Evans, #27-Erica Harris, #32-Brittany Bullock, #33-Whitley Phillips, #34-Megan Overton.
Head Coach: Corey Parr. Asst. Coach: Matt Asche.
The 2009 Softball team finished the season with an overall record of 12-26 and sixth place in the Iowa Conference at 5-11. The sixth seed Spartans lost their first two games of the IIAC Tournament. Freshman Rachel Gratz (First base) was named Second Team All-Iowa Conference.
Christina Chamberlain, Erica Harris, Whitley Phillips, and Kate VanLandschoot earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2008 Softball Team
Front Row: ??, ??, Donna Cozzie, Katelynn Parker, Haylee Dreyer, Christina Chamberlain, and Amanda Evans.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Matt Asche, ??, Megan Burda, ??, Katie Golien, Erin Bailey, Laura Mikl, Carli Lionhood, Kate VanLandschoot, Margarita Lopez, Head Coach Corey Parr, and Lynn Nehl.
The 2008 University of Dubuque Softball team finished the season with an overall record of 14-20 and ninth place in the Iowa Conference at 1-15. Junior Megan Burda (Utility) was named First Team All-Iowa Conference. The Spartans started the season with an 8-0 record on the spring trip.
2007 Softball Team Roster
#3-Donna Cozzie, #4-Amanda Evans, #5-Martha Serrahn, #6-Jessica Glidden, #8-Amanda Schultz, #9-Hailey Dreyer, #10-Carli Lionhood, #13-Katie Golien, #14-Laura Mikl, #15-Kate VanLandschoot, #16-Janessa Kloss, #20-Ashley Harrow, #24-Brooke Russell, #27-Lynn Nehl.
Head Coach Corey Parr.
The 2007 University of Dubuque Softball team finished the season with an overall record of 13-27 and seventh place in the Iowa Conference at 3-11.
Laura Mikl and Brooke Russell earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2006 Softball Team Roster
#3-Kelsey Axon, #4-Ashley Hoppenjan, #6-Jenna Kinnikin, #7-Chelsey Tika, #8-Amanda Schultz, #9-Samantha Dundee, #10-Sarah Spann, #11-Katie Kozlowski, #13-Allisha Bott, #14-Mandi Swan, #16-Courtney Musser, #20-Ashley Harrow, #21-Kayleen Keehner, #22-Starris Kidd, #23-Callison Conley, #24-Brooke Russell, #25-Whitney McCormick, #26-Andria Koch.
Head Coach: Elisha Perkins, Asst. Coaches: Adam Leber, Jimmy Perkins.
The 2006 University of Dubuque Softball team finished the season with an overall record of 8-32 and tied for eighth place in the Iowa Conference at 1-15.
Courtney Musser and Brooke Russell earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2005 Softball Team
Front Row: Amanda Vasquez, Jenna Kinnikin, Starris Kidd, Erin Nerison, Nicole Burbaker, and Amanda Schultz.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Perkins, Jayme Thissen, Brooke Russell, Samantha Dundee, Ashley Harrow, Danialle Stewart, Calli Conley, Katie Kozlowski, and Head Coach Todd Huffman.
The 2005 University of Dubuque Softball team finished the season with an overall record of 8-26 and tied for eighth place in the Iowa Conference at 2-14.
Brooke Russell earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.
2004 Softball Team
Front Row: Andria Koch, Ashley Harrow, Amanda Vasquez, Trish Weber, Laurie Steinback, Christa Swift, and Samantha Dundee.
Middle Row: Brooke Russell, Jillian Bouchey, Katie Kozlowski, BJ Duwa, Jaymee Terry, Jessica Persinger, and Margaret Stevens.
Back Row: Nicole Haase, Head Coach Todd Huffman, and Asst. Coach Bobbi Endress.
The 2004 University of Dubuque Softball team finished the season with an overall record of 12-24 and ninth place in the Iowa Conference at 2-14.
Nicole Essman and Trisha Weber earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.