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WIAC Changes Site & Format For Softball Tournament

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UW-Eau Claire head coach Leslie Huntington UW-Eau Claire head coach Leslie Huntington
UWEC will need to win twice to capture the WIAC Championship UWEC will need to win twice to capture the WIAC Championship

Eau Claire (WQOW) -- The weather's been a factor all throughout the spring sports season, so it's fitting that Old Man Winter's last stand this week causes a change in the WIAC Softball Championship.

That double-elimination tourney was supposed to begin Friday at Eau Claire's Gelein Field, but earlier this week, was pushed back to Saturday.  Friday brings more changes: the tournament will take place Sunday in Onalaska, and will be a single-elimination format.

The Blugolds will still be the #1 seed.  The team says it's in must-win mode to move onto the NCAA's.

"You know, any game we win at this point is a good thing," says UWEC head coach Leslie Huntington, "so it really doesn't matter who the opponent is. We just want to put things together so we're playing our best ball right now. We want to make as deep of a run as we can into the postseason. As soon as we're ready to go, we're going to be ready to go."

The WIAC tourney gets going at 11:00 A.M., Sunday, at Onalaska's Omni Center, with UW-Stout taking on UW-Oshkosh.  The winner of that game plays UW-Eau Claire in one semifinal at 1:00 P.M., with the championship game to follow.

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