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UWS sweeps Northwestern to claim program's second UMAC title

Updated: May 15, 2021 11:28 PM
Created: May 15, 2021 07:05 PM

The University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS) softball team swept Northwestern University on Saturday to claim their program's second Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) championship.

UWS entered the tournament the number five seed and toppled the top seeded College of St. Scholastica, second seeded Bethany Lutheran College, and third seeded Northwestern, as well as Northland College, to win the championship. 

They won their way into the title game after eliminating Bethany Lutheran, 6-4, in nine innings in the completion of the Friday's suspended game on Saturday morning. 

UWS downed Northwestern 5-2 in game one to force a winner-take-all championship match. The Yellowjackets were led by Tayler Kraemer tallying three hits, two runs, and one RBI. Click here for the game one box score.

The Yellowjackets then shut out the Eagles 4-0 to win the UMAC title. 

Kraemer added two runs and two hits, while Olivia Bancroft-Hart contributed one run, one hit, and one RBI. Click here for the game two box score.

Kraemer was named the tournament MVP after going 5-1 with a 1.25 ERA in 44.2 innings pitched and five complete games.

UWS (22-14), which also won titles in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in 2002 and 2004 and in the UMAC in 2016, earns the league's automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament.

The field and destination is set to be announced on Monday.  For the full recap, click here.

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