WAUWATOSA, WI (May 6, 2019) - The Bryant & Stratton College softball team (13-32) finished off their season with the programs first-ever playoff birth. The #8 seeded Bobcats earned a trip to the #1 seeded Madison College WolfPack for a three-game series where they suffered an 8-0 loss in game one and 14-3 loss in game two.
Prior to the playoffs, the Bobcats finished the regular season with six games in three days going including two home games. The Bobcats went 1-6 with an 11-3 loss in game one at Triton College followed by a 6-3 loss in game two. On Saturday, Bryant & Stratton dropped the double header against Highland Community College by scores of 5-1 in game one and 5-2 in game two. The Bobcats concluded their regular season with a 6-5 win in game one over Illinois Valley Community College and a 8-1 loss in game two.
Game 1 vs Triton College
Kelly Schiller (Fr.) tossed four innings allowing seven earned runs.
Game 2 vs Triton College (6-3 Loss)
Mercedes Griesbach threw six innings giving up three earned runs.
Weimann led the way with two hits and an RBI.
Game 1 vs Highland Community College (5-2 Loss)
Schiller threw all seven innings allowing three earned runs while striking out one batter.
Anderson led the way with two hits followed by Weimann and Melissa Biefeld (Fr.) each with one hit and an RBI.
Game 2 vs Highland Community College (5-1 Loss)
Griesbach tossed seven innings giving up four earned runs.
Game 1 vs Illinois Valley Community College (6-5 Win)
The Bobcats produced 11 hits as Anderson finished with two hits and three RBI's followed by Schiller with two hits and one RBI.
Griesbach threw seven innings striking out three batters.
Game 2 vs Illinois Valley Community College (8-1 Loss)
Schiller threw four innings allowing five earned runs.
Brianna Zook (Fr.) led the way for the Bobcats with one hit and one RBI.
Playoffs - Game 1 vs Madison College (8-0 Loss)
Bryant & Stratton produced just two total hits to the WolfPackers eight hits.
Griesbach tossed 5.2 innings allowing two earned runs.
Playoffs - Game 2 vs Madison College (14-3 Loss)
Zook and Weimann led the way with two hits a-piece.
Schiller threw 3.2 innings allowing seven earned runs.
Season Team Statistics:
Bryant & Stratton captured their first win of the season back in early March with a 6-1 win over Frederick Community College. The team went 6-8 at home, 3-10 on the road and 4-12 on neutral fields.
In just year-two of program existence, the Bobcats improved their win total by nine games this season which included a streak of six consecutive wins.
"I am proud of the effort we put forth this season," Bobcats head coach Dean Herman said. "For the most part, I think the players bought into what we have been teaching.
The Bobcats scored a total of 243 runs throughout the season which ranks them at 61 in the country. The team batting average ranks 77th in the country at .312.
"It is the little things that add up," Herman said. "If you believe and work hard you will see success. But it is not an overnight thing and it takes dedication and hard work on the players part."
Bryant & Stratton took their first-ever spring break trip in program histroy to Myrtle Beach, Sout Carolina where they played 12 games in five days. The team recorded four wins and eight losses on the trip.
Freshman Ashley Weimann earned First Team All-Region after batting .399 while producing 30 RBI's and six homeruns.
Region IV Playoffs:
Bryant & Stratton earned the #8 seed in the Region IV playoffs and fell short on the road to the #1 seeded Madison College 8-0 in game one and 14-3 in game two.
After a season full of excitement, Herman will stay on the recruiting trail this offseason as he looks to make some serious noise in the region come 2020.