Blue Devil Sport

Spring season has more ups than downs

Layne Pitt, Sports Information Director

As the old sports adage goes, "you win some and you lose some," and the UW-Stout spring sports teams won more than they lost in 1995.

The softball team had one of the biggest reasons to smile. In only their fourth year of varsity existence, the squad finished second in the Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WWIAC) and posted a best-ever 34-17 record.

Suzanne Brion (Soph., Cameron, Wis.) led the team both at the plate and on the field. A shortstop, Brion led the team in batting average (.464), stolen bases (36-for-39) and received the team's Golden Glove Award (.947 fielding average).

Brion was a second team selection to the National Softball Coaches' Association All-America team.

Joining Brion on the WWIAC West Division first team were catcher JoJo Schwebach (Soph., Elmwood, Wis.), outfielder Missy Boyd (Sr., Charles City, Iowa), and pitcher Karen Lien (Sr., Elmwood, Wis.).

Lien concluded her four year career by holding every major pitching record with the Blue Devils. She finished the 1995 season with a 24-9 record and a 2.03 ERA.

Boyd, a junior college transfer, was a GTE/CoSIDA District V Academic All-America selection.

The cupboard will not be bare next season for WWIAC Coach of the Year Cyndi Raymond. Boyd and Lien are the only seniors.

The baseball team experienced the opposite of the softball squad - their first losing season since 1981. The Blue Devils, fielding an almost entirely freshmen squad, finished at 14-20-1.

Errors plagued Stout from beginning to end as the Blue Devils finished 7-9 in the Northern Division, good for third.

Catcher Greg Osterhaus (Sr., Prairie du Chien, Wis.) was named to his fourth straight Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) team. Despite a lower than average - average for Osterhaus -year at the plate (.354, 40-for-113), Osterhaus broke a five-year-old career home run record when he plated his 30th career home run. John Filas held the former mark of 29.

Outfielder Matt Anderson (Sr., Westby, Wis.) and designated hitter Mike Jaje (Sr., Bryant, Wis.) were also first team selections and both worked their way into the Stout record book.

Anderson, the team's hitting leader (.414), set a career mark in triples, finishing with eight, while Jaje tied a season doubles record with 16.

Anderson and Osterhaus were selected to the NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region second team.

Honorable mention selections were outfielder Jesse Ison (Jr., Escanaba, Mich.) and pitcher Brian Day (Soph., Stillwater, Minn.).

Terry Anders (Soph., Cornell, Wis.) dominated the conference track season. At the WSUC meet, Anders, the indoor 400-meter national champion, won the 200- and 400-meter dashes in school record time, finished third in the 100 and anchored the winning 4 X 400-meter relay and the second place 4 X 100-meter relay. He was named the WSUC track athlete of the year.

Anders qualified to the national meet in all five events and matched his 400 indoor title by taking the outdoor version in a school record time of 47.93. Anders was also third in the 200-meter. The Blue Devils finished tenth at the national meet.

Also qualifying to the national meet were relay members Jesse Witcraft (Soph., New Lisbon, Wis.), Mike Hallingstad (Soph., Sparta, Wis.) and Chris Valois (Fr., Anoka, Minn.), pole vaulters Aaron Fruit (Soph., Hartland, Wis.) and Tim Johnson (Sr., Janesville, Minn.), discus thrower Keith Blake (Sr., Seymour, Wis.) and Witcraft in the 200-meter and Hallingstad in the 400-meter.

Fruit set a school pole vault record (15-feet-9.75) to qualify for nationals and a week later, Johnson went the same height. Johnson captured All-America honors by finishing sixth (15-4).

The men's team was third at the WSUC meet.

The groundwork has been started for first-year women's track coach Carla "Yogi" Weigel, and while no women qualified nationally, Weigel took comfort in the season.

The women placed seventh at the WWIAC meet where Weigel got solid performances from Lisa Lindwall (Jr., Madison, Wis.) in the 10,000 (fourth) and Erin Washut (Sr., Buffalo, Wyo.) with a second in the 400-hurdles. Washut missed the national qualifying time by tenths of a second.

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