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Spartan Softball to Host Camps

Nov 15, 2013
The University of Dubuque softball team will be hosting their annual softball camps for grades 9-12 in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellenss Center on Nov. 17, Dec. 8, Jan. 11, and Feb. 9.

Weather Forces Changes in UD Softball Camps on Jan. 11

Jan 9, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball team will be hosting their annual softball camps for grades 9-12 in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center on Jan. 11 have some changes due to the inclement weather in the area. This week's changes are: Pitching session has been cancelled for January 11, Hitting Session will be from: 10-11:30, and Defensive Session will be from: 11:30-1:00

Softball Begins in Dome

Feb 28, 2014
Plenty of Iowa Conference softball teams start their season this weekend, including the University of Dubuque Spartans. Not many teams competing outside in the single digits, UD begins under the warm confines of the Rochester Regional Stadium on the campus of Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minn.

Spartans Off to 4-0 Start

Mar 2, 2014
The University of Dubuque Softball team escaped the cold weather outside for four games inside the Rochester Dome over the weekend at the Luther Tournament. The Spartans went 4-0 with wins over St. Norbert, Gustavus-Adolphus, UW-Stevens Point, and Carleton. Sophomore Tori Woltz led the UD offense with nine hits including three doubles and a home run. Junior Hannah Koerperich earned three of the four wins in 13 2/3 innings of work.

Walk-off Home Run by Billesbach Moves UD to 5-0

Mar 8, 2014
The University of Dubuque Softball team improved to 5-0 to start the season with a two run walk-off home run by Ainsley Billesbach. UD won 6-4 over Hamline. The Spartans lost a pitchers dual 2-1 against UW-Stout in their final game before the spring trip. Dubuque finished 5-1 at the Rochester Dome over the last two weekend trips.

Softball Picked 5th by IIAC Coaches

Mar 28, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball team has been picked 5th by the IIAC coaches in the 2014 ppre-season poll released today, March 28. The Spartans return from a year where they qualified and tied for 3rd place in the IIAC tournament.

Softball Sweeps Augsburg

Mar 29, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball team captured the sweep of Augsburg College on Saturday. The Spartans scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to capture game one by a 5-4 score when designated hitter Hannah Koerperich homered as the leadoff batter. Amanda Williams claimed the complete game victory on the mound after striking out six batters. In the second game, the Spartans jumped out to an early lead as UD captured the game 7-1 with Megan Loes earning the complete game win.

Softball Splits, Prepare for IIAC Opener

Mar 30, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball team split on Sunday at the Central Invite, opening with a 4-3 victory over St. Scholastica and battling to a 1-2 loss against UW-Eau Claire in the nightcap. The Spartans (10-5 overall) are preparing for a busy week as they open Iowa Conference play on the road at Buena Vista University (8-10 overall) in Storm Lake on April 1.

Spartans Softball Homer in IIAC Sweep

Apr 1, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball team opened Iowa Conference play on the road on Tuesday and displayed an impressive offensive output en route to a sweep of the host Buena Vista University Beavers 10-3 in game one and 10-7 in game two. Coach Wendi Wipperfurth has her squad hitting the ball deep, the Spartans finished the series with six homeruns. UD has 17 homeruns for the 2013-14 season and improved to 13-5 overall and 2-0 in IIAC.

Spartan Softball Swept on the Road

Apr 7, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball team were looking to bounce back after a pair of hard fought losses to #12-ranked Coe College this past Saturday. Monday proved to be challenging when they faced UW-Whitewater on their home turf, losing the opener 6-10 and 0-9 in game two.

Spartans Take Two from Top-Ranked Norse

Apr 9, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball team out hit #8-ranked Luther twice on Wednesday to capture a much needed sweep in the tough Iowa Conference to improve to 4-2 in league action and 17-9 overall. The Spartans used late game heroics to capture game one. Bottom of the seventh inning with score knotted at 6-6. UD began with a walk to Caitlin Aulwes. A pop up to the pitcher and a strike out left the Spartans with one out remaining. Ainsley Billesbach at bat, fouled off first pitch. Second pitch was a ball. The third pitch was a double to left field scoring Aulwes for the game winning hit 7-6. In game two, the Spartans jumped out early and captured the sweep by winning 6-4.

Spartans Lead on the Road, Lose Late

Apr 12, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball team jumped out to early leads in both games on the road at Simpson College only to have them slip away late. The Spartans lost the opener 3-4 after giving up the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. UD lost game two by a score of 4-6 despite out hitting the hosts in the nightcap.

Spartans Softball Sweep Duhawks

Apr 15, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball team set a new record on Tuesday afternoon by capturing the 19th win of the season, a new school mark for the Spartans. UD swept past the Loras Duhawks by capturing the opening game 2-1 and ended the second game early after leading 9-0 in the fifth inning after UD's Hannah Koerperich threw her second no-hitter of the season. UD improved to 19-11 overall and 6-4 in the IIAC.

Spartans Softball Move Into Second Place

Apr 22, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball clinched an IIAC tournament spot last week and on Tuesday the Spartans moved to within one game of the conference lead after sweeping the Wartburg College Knights by scores of 9-5 and 8-4. The Spartans improved to 8-4 in the IIAC and trail the league leading Coe Kohawks (9-3) with just one conference doubleheader left.

Spartans Softball Battle #14 Dutch, Prepare for IIAC Tourney

Apr 26, 2014
With the possibility of a five-way tie for the IIAC title alive at the beginning of the day, the Spartans along with four others believed they had a chance to capture the league title. The University of Dubuque softball team kept #14-ranked Central College in check, but dropped the doubleader 0-4 in game one and 1-3 in game two. Despite the losses, the Spartans finished the conference in 5th place and will compete next week in the IIAC Tournament hosted by the #1 seeded Coe College Kohawks.

Billesbach & Woltz Voted First Team Academic All-District

May 1, 2014
University of Dubuque sophomores Ainsley Billesbach and Tori Woltz have been named to the First Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District (District #8) Softball team. To be selected a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher and be a sophomore or above.

Softball Stunned in IIAC Tournament Opener

May 1, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball team had high hopes when they opened the 2014 IIAC Softball Tournament against the Simpson College Storm. The #5-seeded Spartans was held to just three hits in the 0-8 loss to the #4 seeded Simpson College Storm. Meggie Schmidt, Tori Woltz, and Carlee Grunder all had singles.

Softball Downs #14 Enroute to Tourney Semifinals

May 3, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball opened the 2014 IIAC Tournament not the way they had planned, but they responded on Saturday by knocking the #14 Central College Dutch out of the tournament Saturday morning by a score of 5-4 and battled into 10 innings in the semifinals and lost to Buena Vista University 2-1. The tough IIAC competition proved itself with both semifinal contests being extended into extra innings.

Five Spartans Named All-IIAC Softball

May 7, 2014
The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) announced its All-Conference Teams and major awards for the 2014 softball season with five Spartans earning recognition. Senior Amber Meyer and sophomore Ainsley Billesbach were named First Team All-IIAC. A trio of Spartans earned Second Team All-IIAC with Caitlin Aulwes, Hannah Koerperich, and Amanda Williams making the cut. UD finished the season with a school record 22 wins and qualified for the IIAC Tournament for the second straight year.

Billesbach & Koerperich Named NFCA All-Midwest Region

May 12, 2014
The University of Dubuque Softball team had two student-athletes named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division-III All-Midwest Region Team. The Spartans Ainsley Billesbach and Hannah Koerperich were Third Team All-Region selections.

Softball to Host Spartan Winter Softball Camps

Nov 3, 2014
The University of Dubuque softball team will be hosting their annual softball camps for grades 9-12 in the newly completed Veterans Memorial Training Center on Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, and Feb. 15. Cost for the various camps will be $30 each.

Spartan Softball’s ‘Best Team Ever’ Aims High in 2015

Feb 26, 2015
After winning a record 22 games, setting 10 school records, and earning back-to-back Iowa Conference tournament berths for the first time in school history in 2014, the University of Dubuque softball team sets their sights on their first Iowa Conference title this spring.

Rochester Dome Softball Tournament

Mar 4, 2015
The University of Dubuque softball team will continue their early season play under the warm confines of a dome this weekend. UD will play in the Rochester Dome Softball Tourney in Rochester, Minn. on Friday, March 6 and Saturday March 7.

Gerace’s Grand Slam Leads to Rout of St. Olaf

Mar 6, 2015
Kelli Gerace’s first grand slam of the year aided a seven-run third inning that allowed the University of Dubuque softball team to run away from St. Olaf in a five-inning affair, 12-1, on Friday afternoon. In the nightcap, the Spartans mustered one hit and two unearned runs in a 7-2 loss to UW-La Crosse.

Spartans Rebound With Dominant Victory over UW-River Falls

Mar 7, 2015
Despite limiting UW-La Crosse to four hits, the University of Dubuque softball team couldn't overcome 4-1 deficit and fall to the Eagles, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon. In the nightcap, the offensive breaks out for 10 runs on 10 hits in 10-1 rout of UW-River Falls in the Spartans final game of the weekend at the Rochester Dome Games hosted by Luther.

Spartan Softball Spring Break Results

Mar 17, 2015
Complete game recaps and box scores of the University of Dubuque softball team's six-day spring break trip to Tucson, Ariz.

Softball Splits Against St. Scholastica

Mar 28, 2015
The University of Dubuque softball team earned a split on Saturday against the College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, Minn.). It was a tale of two games with the Spartans losing the opening game 0-9 in five innings before rallying in the second game and capturing the victory 11-2.

Softball Swept by Gustavus Adolphus, Prepare for IIAC Opener

Mar 29, 2015
The University of Dubuque softball team dropped a pair of games on Sunday to Gustavus Adolphus College, losing the first game 4-8 and the second game by 6-14. The Spartans fall to 8-12 overall and prepare to open Iowa Conference action at home on Tuesday, March 31.

Softball Sweeps Wartburg in Conference Opener

Mar 31, 2015
The University of Dubuque softball team captured the sweep of Wartburg College Knights on Tuesday afternoon, winning the opener in a thrilling bottom of the seventh victory 3-2 and capturing the second game in a 8-6 victory. The Spartans improve to 2-0 in Iowa Conference play and will continue their IIAC season on Thursday when they host Loras College Duhawks in the Strike Out Cancer series beginning at 3:00 p.m. on April 2. Last season the two teams joined forces and raised over $1,300 for the local American Cancer Society.

Spartan Softball Split with Duhawks

Apr 2, 2015
The University of Dubuque and Loras College softball teams joined forces for National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) StrikeOut Cancer game on Thursday and raised over $1,600 for the local American Cancer Society. The two schools would split the series with UD capturing game one by a 12-9 score before the Duhawks rallied to take game two by a 10-2 margin in five innings.

Softball Splits with #13-Ranked Central Dutch

Apr 10, 2015
The University of Dubuque captured a split against #13-ranked Central College Dutch on Friday afternoon. The contest originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, was postponed due to inclement weather the past two days in Iowa. The Spartans captured the opener 3-1 and lost the nightcap 3-8. A short rest and the Spartans return home to host the Buena Vista University Beavers on Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Softball Returns Home to Split Against BVU

Apr 11, 2015
The University of Dubuque softball team returned home on Saturday and captured a split with the Buena Vista University Beavers (13-14 overall, 4-4 in IIAC). The Spartans lost the opener when they allowed four runs to score in the first two innings on four hits. BVU held on to a 4-1 victory. UD once again fell behind early in the second game of the doubleheader by a 3-0 score after the first inning. UD added a run in the second and took the lead in the fifth when they scored three runs on four hits. BVU threatened at the top of the seventh with two runners on and one out until they hit into a doubleplay to stop any chance they had with the final score 4-3 in favor of the Spartans.

Softball Swept by #13-ranked UW-Whitewater

Apr 16, 2015
The University of Dubuque softball team continued their busy week of eight games in seven days and faced a top contender in #13-ranked UW-Whitewater on their home field on Thursday. UD scored first in game one, but the hosts Warhawks pecked their way back into the game winning 8-1. In the nightcap, the Spartans trailed 2-5 after the top of the sixth when Meggie Schmidt launched a two RBI homerun. The hosts would score four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend the victory to 9-2 in favor of UW-Whitewater.

Spartans Stopped by Kohawks in Doubleheader

Apr 18, 2015
The University of Dubuque softball team would like to start the week over, it was a busy eight days where they played 10 games and finished with a 3-7 record over the span. UD dropped a pair of games on Saturday at Coe, losing the first by a 2-6 margin and dropping the second by a 1-5 mark. The Spartans return to action on Tuesday, April 21 when they host the Simpson College Storm on Senior Day.

Softball Swept by Storm in League Play

Apr 21, 2015
The University of Dubuque softball needed a sweep of the Simpson College Storm on Tuesday to clinch an IIAC Tournament berth. Unfortunately it was the Storm who blew into Dubuque and clinched after winning game one by an 8-3 score and sneaking out with a game two 7-5 victory when the Spartans left the bases loaded in the bottom of seventh inning.

Softball Swept on the Road

Apr 22, 2015
The University of Dubuque softball team was held to a total of nine hits in a doubleheader loss to the Cornell College Rams om Wednesday. UD lost the first game by a 0-8 score in five innings and dropped the second game by a 3-7 mark.

Softball Earns Berth and #6-Seed Into IIAC Tourney

Apr 26, 2015
The University of Dubuque Spartans may have dropped their final two games of the conference regular season on Sunday to #4-ranked Luther College Norse (34-2 overall, 12-0), but the Spartans ended the afternoon with the #6 seed and the final berth into the 2015 IIAC Softball Tournament on May 1-2.