Menomonie (WQOW) -- The UW-Stout softball team is off to a 15-5 start after splitting a pair of games at UW-La Crosse, Monday.
The Blue Devils return eight regulars from last year's team, and players say that experience is a big reason behind this season's success.
"Our hitting has been amazing," says UW-Stout head coach Chris Stainer, "our pitching has been stellar, our defense is good. Our biggest complement is probably our depth and our bench. Our bench has really stepped up and contributed to our success."
"I think that we came out this year like we really wanted to prove something," says Blue Devils senior infielder Erin Moss, "and I think that's kind of built our fire up, and it's really helped us to push through those games. Especially the ones that have gone to extra innings. I think that we've just never given up this year which is awesome."
Stainer says her team is playing well in all three phases of the game, and players agree.
"Having that experience is such an amazing feeling," says Blue Devils senior outfielder Jessica Nicol, "and having that chemistry of we know each other, we've played together before, just everything gels together very nicely."
"Offensively, we have a really deep lineup this year," says UW-Stout senior catcher/outfielder Alison Gray, "and we can hit one through nine, which is really nice because it takes the pressure off of individuals, and defensively, we're also very consistent, we trust each other and we've played with each other for a while, which is awesome, and the pitching staff is not only extremely complimentary but also, again, deep."
UW-Stout was scheduled to host UW-Stevens Point in a doubleheader Sunday, but that's been moved to Saturday afternoon and will be played on the turf at Don and Nona Williams Stadium.