Softball star’s toughness partly forged off the field

MENOMONIE (April 12, 2019) – As an all-conference player who hit .500 in 2018, Mary Iliopoulos has established herself as a tough out leading off for the University of Wisconsin-Stout softball team.

Beyond her skill with a bat and centerfielder speed, however, something else makes Iliopoulos tough. Part of her strength has been forged off the diamond.

The junior from Morton Grove, Ill., in the Chicago metro area, is majoring in one of the tougher academic programs at UW-Stout, mechanical engineering.

If a 5 a.m. practice, weightlifting session or top-notch opponent seem challenging, consider some of her classes this semester: numerical methods, circuits and devices, engineering economy, joining and casting.

“I’m very competitive, and it transfers from softball over to the classroom,” Iliopoulos said. “I like to be that person who steps up and takes ownership.”

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