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UWRF softball team shows promise this season; students should show support

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April 7, 2010

Spring has arrived here in River Falls, and if you are like most avidsports fans, you too may be feeling the gloom of a busted NCAA basketball bracket, or a lost interest in the NBA for the petty Timberwolves fans.

Well, maybe the Bucks can finish strong. And we all know that for those Cubs and Brewers fans out there, this baseball season might be over before its even started. (Twins fans, on the other hand, have much to look forward too).

But while the upsets in the college realm may be done and the NBA forgotten, take the time to look at the local level right here in River Falls for an exciting spring sports season. 

During this awesome weather we all might have to set the books aside (and I’m sure a few of us already have, but keep pushing, the end is almost here)!

Use this down time and take the time this spring to enjoy the weather and to support your fellow classmates and Falcon athletics. 

As a member of the UWRF softball team, I am certainly biased, but I highly encourage each and every one of you to come and see what the game of softball is all about. 

This year’s Falcon squad is made up of one senior, two juniors, five sophomores, and eight freshmen,  but have already put forth a steady season with great expectations.

Team highlights have included a 4-0 win over 17th ranked Illinois Wesleyan and a home opening sweep of Bethel college by scores of 5-0 and 9-2. UWRF also had a strong showing in the Augustana Tournament in Rock Island, Ill., where they finished 3-1, with their only loss coming to 10th ranked and host team, Augustana.

The Falcons will open conference play on April 8th with a doubleheader against 2008 NCAA National Champion UW-Eau Claire starting at 3:00.

The WIAC is certainly one of the toughest conferences for Division III college athletics, and softball is no different.

Other home games and chances to see the Falcons in action are on April 17th against UW-Platteville starting at 3:00, and then the following day, the 18th against UW-Lacrosse, who is an early pick to finish second in the conference.

The Falcons will also host Ripon college on the 24th at 1:00 and UW-Superior on the 28th with the first pitch being thrown at 3:00.

The Falcons close out the regular season WIAC games on May 2nd at UW-Whitewater. The final chance to see the Falcons at home is on May 4th when they host a nonconference doubleheader against St. Mary’s.

Spring is in the air, and what a better time to come and see the Falcon softball team in action.

So come on over to Ramer Field (the softball field is behind Knowles, next to the tennis courts) to help support Falcon athletics and a team that is young, but hungry for postseason action.

Ashley Goettl is an alumna of UW-River Falls. She was editor of the Student Voice from fall semester 2011 to spring semester 2013.