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Doubleheader sweep a team effort

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IMG_1731_BLOG_1.jpgIn today's blog entry, head coach Yvette Healy writes about the team's doubleheader sweep over North Dakota on Thursday night. Check back to UWBadgers.com for regular updates throughout the season.

What an exciting night for the Badgers. We beat North Dakota 5-0 and 7-0. Freshman pitcher Cassandra Darrah set the tone in the first game pitching a two-hit shutout for her 11th win this season. Cass has thrown some great games against tough competition lately; she needed a good "W" to get some momentum. Shannel Blackshear's monster three-run home run in the sixth inning led the offense.

Sophomore pitcher Meghan McIntosh had the best game of her career, striking out 13 hitters in game two. She worked ahead, trusted her pitches and looked relaxed. Great games are even more meaningful when they come after tough losses. Meg struggled in her last two outings, so to see her respond and bounce back last night was a huge character builder.

Freshman Stephanie Peace had a huge three-run homer to lead the offensive attack in the second game, with key contributions off the bench from Kelsey Horton, Ashley Hanewich and Abby Gregory. Kelsey, Ashley and Abby were a combined 3-3, with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. That's great depth!

As a coach, we know it's not always about the wins and losses. We understand that building a championship program is about creating the culture and atmosphere of hard work, learning and teaching. Accountability is a big word in the Badger clubhouse right now. We constantly challenge our student-athletes to bounce back, respond to adversity and play smart, focused softball.
Every win is a good win, but wins 18 and 19 were special on our home field, in front of our fans and families. With the lively bats in our game, shutouts are hard to come by. I know that our explosive offense and determined defense helped the pitchers throw such great games. We are so proud of Cassandra and Meghan for not letting any runners cross the plate and not walking anyone in the doubleheader sweep.

We have a very talented Northwestern team coming to Madison this weekend. It's going to take some extraordinary plays to steal a game from the Wildcats. We're looking forward to the challenge.

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