The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh softball team is heading to the NCAA Division III Softball World Series.
Maddie Fink did not allow an earned run for the third consecutive start as the top-seeded Titans clinched the Eau Claire Regional title with a 6-1 victory over fifth-seeded Piedmont College (Georgia) on Sunday.
UW Oshkosh (28-11) won all four of its regional games by a combined 20-3 score.
UWO will join seven other regional winners at the World Series in Salem, Virginia. The final tournament commences Thursday (May 27) and runs through June 1 at Moyer Park. The Titans, who also secured regional titles in 1988 and 2017, will be making their second World Series appearance and first since 1988.
Fink finished the Eau Claire Regional with a 4-0 record and a 0.50 earned run average with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings to pick up regional’s Most Outstanding Pitcher honors.
UWO’s Acacia Tupa and Gabby Buikema joined Fink on the All-Eau Claire Regional Team. Tupa was tabbed the Eau Claire Regional’s Most Outstanding Position Player after concluding the four wins batting .429 with one double, two home runs, six runs scored, five runs batted in, and two stolen bases. Buikema hit .364 with a grand slam, three runs scored, four RBIs and one stolen base.
UWO, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season co-champion and league postseason winner, will be seeking its first World Series win this week in Salem.