Alumni update: Area grads are stepping up for UW-La Crosse softball team

Published 7:28 pm Monday, May 1, 2017


Austin grad Sydney Murphy and Hayfield grad Grace Mindrup have both played big roles for the University of Wisconsin La Crosse softball team, which is off to a 26-12 overall start this spring.

Murphy, a sophomore third baseman, was 1-for-4 at the plate when the Eagles beat UW-Stevens Point 3-2 in eight innings April 29 and she was 2-for-3 with a RBI, a run and a walk in a 2-1 win over UW-River Falls April 23.

Austin grad Sydney Murphy fields a ball for the UW-La Crosse softball team this season. Photo provided by Jim Lund

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Mindrup, a freshman first baseman, drew a pair of walks in a 5-1 win over UW-River Falls April 23.

On the season, Mindrup is hitting .342 with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers and 22 RBIs and Murphy is hitting .288 with 6 doubles and 22 RBIs.

Hayfield grad Dani Wagner was able to create some offense for the University of Minnesota softball team as the Gophers swept Purdue by scores of 8-0, 9-1 and 12-2 over the weekend.

Wagner went 4-for-8 with two runs in the series for the No. 4 ranked Gophers (48-3 overall) and she is now hitting .328 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 5 homers and 24 RBIs.

Austin grad Shayley Vesel went 1-for-3 with a run for North Iowa Area Community College in a 24-2 loss to Iowa Lakes April 22.

Vesel is hitting .336 with 17 doubles, 7 homers and 54 RBIs on the season for NIACC (10-36 overall).


Lyle grad Jordan Hart went 3-for-7 with a homer, 3 runs and an RBI for Minnesota State University as the Mavericks wept Upper Iowa by scores of 3-0 and 12-2 April 29.

Hart, a sophomore outfielder, is hitting .348 with 8 doubles, 3 triples, 9 homers and 36 RBIs for the Mavericks (38-7 overall), who have won 10 straight games.

Austin native Steve Serratore went 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs for Kansas State University as the Wildcats (24-20 overall) beat Abilene Christian 14-3 April 30.

Serratore is hitting .260 with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 5 homers and 33 RBIs on the season.

Austin grad Dylan Gasner went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Iowa Central in a 5-3 win over Century April 29.

Gasner, a freshman, is hitting .245 with 1 double, 1 homer and 7 RBIs on the season for Iowa Central (29-16 overall).

Austin grad Nik Gasner picked up a mound win for Central Lakes when it beat Northland 7-5 April 30.

Gasner pitched 7 innings as he allowed 6 hits, 2 walks and 3 earned runs, while striking out 6. Gasner was 1-for-4 at the plate in the win.

Gasner is hitting .294 with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer and 21 RBIs on the season and he is 2-8 on the mound with a 5.72 ERA for Central Lakes (5-34 overall).

Hayfield grad Cam Rutledge went 2-for-3 for RCTC in a 4-0 loss to Riverland April 30.

Rutledge is hitting .290 with 5 doubles, 1 triple and 11 RBIs on the season for RCTC (16-20 overall).


Austin grad Carolyn Hackel finished in sixth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.04 seconds for Minnesota State University at the Lee Krough Invite in St. Peter, Minn. April 15.

Southland grad McKenzie Kirtz took third in the javelin throw with a distance of 104-8 for UW La Crosse at the UW-White Water Invite recently.