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Waiting for spring

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By Kelsey Kleist, Class of 2016

Unless your outfielders are good in snowshoes and your pitchers can throw in mittens, this isn't how many Midwest teams would like to start their spring season. With snow still blanketing the field, the Wisconsin softball team was forced to cancel their home opener vs. Northwestern and move the games to a later date.

Although Wisconsin is 28 games into the season, and yet to play at home, its record marks only three losses. Similar to other Midwest teams, the Badgers have become frequent flyers, traveling to North Carolina, Florida, California, Illinois and Kentucky to get away from the snow and onto the dirt.

Whether spring was ready or not, last weekend was the start to Big Ten competition. Wisconsin headed to Illinois where it swept the Illini and extended its win streak to 13-straight. UW hopes to continue the streak when the team heads to Iowa City this Friday.

Looking for your chance to witness the buzz about Wisconsin softball?
Come out to Goodman Diamond on April 10th to cheer on the Badgers as they take on Northern Iowa --and the weather -- for their first home victory.

Lucas at Large: With Badgers, Kerr comes away impressed

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Photo: Kansas City Star

KANSAS CITY -- Seated at courtside, Marv Albert and Steve Kerr greeted Bo Ryan near the end of Wisconsin's practice here Thursday at the Sprint Center. Upon shaking Albert's hand, Ryan cracked, "I've got a son who does you better than you.''

Matt Ryan has been known to impersonate the voices of Albert and Bill Walton, among other sports celebrities. The younger Ryan, who once worked on his dad's staff in Madison, is now living in California and giving private basketball lessons to youngsters.

Albert and Kerr will be on the call of Wisconsin's opening game in the NCAA tournament Friday against Ole Miss for truTV. To this end, Kerr already has a book on the Badgers from having watched them last weekend against Indiana and Ohio State in Chicago while broadcasting for CBS.

"They're just unflappable,'' said Kerr, 47, the owner of five NBA championships, three with the Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs. "They're not always going to make shots but they're going to take care of the ball and they're going to run their stuff.''

Kerr has an appreciation for good defense because he was so good on offense; he's the NBA's all-time percentage leader (.454) in 3-point shooting. At that, opponents are shooting just 29 percent from beyond the 3-point arc against the Badgers, a school record.

That figure was even lower in the Big Ten tournament, where Michigan, Indiana and Ohio State converted on only 9-of-46 attempts (19.6).  Wisconsin is giving up 3.9 triples per game, the fewest among all BCS conference teams and the sixth-fewest overall in Division I.

"They're going to fight you on every possession,'' Kerr said. "They're a nightmare to play against because they don't give you anything easy. You have to earn every basket.''

Jared Berggren, the Big Ten leader in blocks per game (2.1) and UW's career leader (141), has played his way onto Kerr's radar. "I'm so impressed with what they do on defense particularly on the interior,'' he said. "Berggren is an amazing defender.''

Kern has a pretty discerning eye, too, considering he's the former general manager of the Phoenix Suns. "You don't really see it until you watch him closely,'' he said. "He's obviously a good shot blocker, but I'm talking about his positioning defensively.''

On ball swings, Kerr pointed to Berggren's ability to "find a way to get around his man and beat him to the spot'' along with "cutting off driving angles for guards.'' How is Berggren viewed by NBA scouts? Does he have a future at the next level?

"People love his defense,'' Kerr said. "But the key is that he would have to be a floor-spacing, 3-point shooter, which he has shown he can be. But he has been very inconsistent.''

As a junior, Berggren shot 37 percent from 3-point distance. But his numbers have dropped off dramatically this season to 26 percent. In the Big Ten, he was 8-of-48 (.167).

"You always have to find a place offensively on the floor in the NBA otherwise it becomes a four-on-five game,'' Kerr reasoned. "But he's big, he's a smart player. He can do some things. But if he could perfect that outside shot it changes everything.''

Bo knows defense, Kerr knows guards. That's why he had nothing but praise for the transition that Traevon Jackson has made to point guard, especially in Ryan's system.

Beyond the loss of Joss Gasser, he said, "What a tough role to fill Jordan Taylor's shoes.''

On top of that, Kerr noted that Jackson had to learn how to play the point "for a demanding coach who demands ball security.'' Based on his Chicago effort, he added, "I thought his play last weekend was one of the reasons why they had such a good run.''

When quizzed on the steady growth of UW freshman Sam Dekker, there was a twinkle in Kerr's eyes when he said, "He's got a little Doug McDermott to his game.''

McDermott, a 6-foot-7 junior wing, is the All-American for Creighton.

"He (Dekker) has that kind of potential, size, shooting touch and toughness,'' said Kerr. "I think he has just scratched the surface. He's going to be a big-time player.''

Dekker has been explosive in the open floor when the situation has presented itself. "If there's an opening,'' said Kerr, "they will run down and shoot a 3.''

But where the Badgers can frustrate an opponent is in the half-court. "No matter how hard you guard,'' Kerr said, "they're going to work even harder to get a good shot.''

How will Friday's game here unfold? "Even though they're playing well,'' he said of the Rebels, "I like the matchup for Wisconsin because I think they can control the pace and tempo and frustrate Ole Miss by making them guard for the whole clock.''

Still, he cautioned, "In the end, you have to make shots -- all the usual things.''

This has been an unusual season in college basketball because of parity, which led Kerr to conclude, "I think Wisconsin could make the Final Four." (He paused.) "I think they could also lose in their first game. You could say a lot of teams are in that situation.''

Field of 68: Tweeting 68 observations until tip-off

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Another bid to the NCAA Tournament means another round of #Fieldof68. Let us guide you on the Badgers journey leading up to their opening round match-up with the Ole Miss Rebels. 68 teams in the tournament, that means 68 inside-access tweets about Wisconsin from @BadgerMBB all the way up to Friday morning's tip between the Badgers and Rebels.

Lucas at Large: Henderson hard for Badgers to ignore

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KANSAS CITY -- Neither Zak Showalter nor Jordan Smith had ever been "pulled'' before for not "pulling it,'' or shooting it enough, on Wisconsin's scout team.

But that was the consequence for making the extra pass or taking a higher quality shot while simulating Mississippi's top gun Marshall Henderson here Wednesday.

Showalter and Smith took turns as Henderson.

"I think they're both a little gun-shy,'' observed UW associate head coach Greg Gard, who's in charge of the scouting report on Ole Miss. "But they just have to let it fly.''

Throughout the practice in the Rockhurst University gym, Gard exhorted Showalter and Smith to "move, move, move'' and to "take it'' to "pull it'' from all angles and depth.

"I've never played like that before,'' said Showalter, a freshman from Germantown, Wis. "I got pulled out for passing it even though we scored. That's something different.''

In using screens and freeing himself up for shot opportunities, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Henderson has shown a non-stop motor -- making him difficult to defend or copy.

"I've just been running everywhere,'' Showalter said. "It's been fun, but it's been just chaotic basically. He runs in millions of circles all game so that's what I've been trying to do."

Gard rotated Showalter and Smith in the Henderson role "so they can stay fresh and get a little more speed off their cuts'' because Ole Miss is always looking to get him open.

"I love shooting, everybody loves shooting, it's a dream job for a scout guy,'' said Smith, a sophomore from Orono, Minn. "But you have to run off a lot of screens.''

You also need a special mindset. "He (Henderson) thinks he can make everything he shoots,'' Smith added. "That's how you have to play if you're going to be him.''

In 34 games, Henderson has taken 507 shots. Or 139 more than anybody else on his team. Or 150 more than Ryan Evans, who leads Wisconsin in field goal attempts.

"I took 25 shots once in a game,'' Smith said. "But I think that's about what he (Henderson) takes on average. That's crazy. But it's fun to emulate him.''

Actually, he's averaging about 15 per game with a high of 23. It just seems like he's taking every shot that goes up for Ole Miss because he's such a focal point of the offense.

Here's more perspective: Henderson has taken 367 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Or 273 more than any of his teammates. Or 173 more than Wisconsin's Ben Brust.

Henderson has made 131 triples. Brust and Sam Dekker have combined for 125.

"I like his confidence in his game,'' Showalter said of Henderson. "He can miss six shots in a row and he'll just keep shooting it. He shoots to get hot and shoots to stay hot.

"He's going to get his shots up no matter what. There's nothing that's going to keep him from doing that. So I've been trying to do that all week in practice.''

Henderson is more than just a shooter; there's much more to his success.

"The biggest thing is how hard he plays,'' Gard said. "I know a lot has been made of his theatrics but he understands how to play and he makes so many plays for his team.

"He'll come off a screen and draw help and have guys running at him and he'll be finding the open guy. His court awareness is really good, and you don't want to foul him.''

Henderson is an 88-percent shooter from the foul line. He has attempted 183 free throws. Or 38 more than Evans, who has gotten to the stripe the most for the Badgers.

"He (Henderson) really sets guys up and baits people into fouling him,'' Gard said. "He'll get a defender out of position and if you rise out of your stance, he'll dribble into you.

"He's good at acting, too. He'll fall down and kick his foot out -- things that we've seen other guys do. You just try to warn your defenders that you can't get too close.''

But you still have to close out on the shooter, Henderson. The Badgers will use a rotation of defenders, ranging from Brust to Mike Bruesewitz to Evans.

"That's what we've done with good shooters all year,'' said Gard.

Bruesewitz, in particular, has usually drawn the assignment of guarding the opposing team's No. 1 threat, whether it has been Illinois' Brandon Paul or Indiana's Victor Oladipo.

At 6-6, 223-pounds, Bruesewitz brings more size to close-outs than perhaps Henderson is accustomed to seeing. But Bruesewitz is not as quick as Brust; not even close.

Henderson has drawn comparisons to former Michigan State guard Drew Neitzel.

"Only he's a little faster than Neitzel,'' Gard said. "They spread the floor for him and he changes directions on screens so well. He's flying off things.

"And he can make a lot of things happen beyond just shooting the ball. If you make one little mistake now it opens up an alley for him to attack (the rim) too.''

Henderson has come under attack for his showboating and flamboyance. He angered Florida fans with a "Gator Chomp'' and he has a "Land Shark'' hand wiggle after making 3s.

"It looks like he's having fun,'' said Gard, who then cut to the chase. "He's a very good player. He plays hard and he makes a lot of shots.''

Because of his volume of shots, Gard didn't have any trouble recruiting volunteers to simulate Henderson on the scout team, either. "Everybody wants to be him,'' he said.

Badgers know what to expect in March

The_Voice_Matt_Lepay_200.jpgIt is safe to say the Wisconsin Badgers opened some eyes at last weekend's Big Ten tournament in Chicago. When you beat two teams ranked in the top 10 and take a third to the final minute, it only makes sense that people will notice. Even the skeptics had to admit this team might not be so bad. After all, who else went 4-0 against Indiana and Michigan?

While the Badgers might have surprised many, one gets the impression they did not exactly shock themselves. Quite the contrary. The players walked out of the United Center in less than a great mood. Sure, there is excitement about the program's 15th-straight trip to the NCAA tournament, but the Badgers departed Chicago knowing how close they were to winning a trophy.

"We know we can play with anyone," said freshman Sam Dekker. "It is not a surprise to us when we have big wins like that. We expected to come down here and win the tournament. That is plainly stated. I feel like most of the guys probably said the same thing."

"We let one slip away. That is a bitter taste, but we have to correct that and use that energy Friday down in Kansas City, and hopefully take care of business."

The business at hand is facing an Ole Miss team that is fresh off an SEC tournament championship. The Rebels will come to town with a five-game winning streak, which includes a come-from-behind victory against Florida in the conference title game.

Sunday's victory secured the first NCAA trip for Ole Miss since 2002. That little nugget brings up the question about how much, if at all, does experience matter in the Big Dance?

I figure it does not hurt to have it, but experience alone certainly offers no guarantees of success.

"The seniors have been through it and all that," said coach Bo Ryan. Then, ever the coach, he offered  the following advice: "But what the seniors need to be doing is talking to themselves about playing better.

"We need to have the young and the old if we expect to get something done in the tournament. Especially with the way they set it up in our bracket. There are a lot of challenges out there."

With Ole Miss, the challenges begin with trying to contain junior guard Marshall Henderson, who will shoot from anywhere and say almost anything. Flamboyant? To say the least. More importantly, Henderson can put a team on his back.

His teammates aren't too bad either. Reggie Buckner has rejected 91 shots this season, while 6-foot-7 senior Murphy Holloway averages 9.6 rebounds. He has 38 double-doubles in his career.

Similar to Wisconsin, Ole Miss has dealt with injuries. The latest for the Rebels occurred to starting point guard Jarvis Summers, who suffered a concussion in the Rebels' opening SEC tourney game against Missouri. Summers missed the last two games, but Ole Miss moved on, defeating Vanderbilt and the Gators in route to earning the automatic bid to the NCAAs.
All week we will read and hear about how these programs are polar opposites, but both the Badgers and the Rebels appear to be pretty good at proving people wrong, and I believe it is a safe guess to say both teams enjoy doing just that.

It never hurts to have a little fun, and Badgers guard Ben Brust is hoping his group can have an extended experience in college basketball's showcase event.

"It's a special thing," he said. "Everyone dreams of it growing up. You want to play in the NCAA tournament. So, enjoy every moment, but at the same time stay focused on the task at hand because we are capable of making a run."

That run begins Friday morning, and hopefully the Badgers will be running for the next few weeks.

Archived Gameday Blog: Softball vs. CSU Bakersfield

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UWBadgers.com chronicled all of the action from Wisconsin's game vs. CSU Bakersfield in Fullerton, Calif. The Badgers defeated the Runners, 11-4. The complete blog can be found below.
 Wisconsin Softball vs. CSU Bakersfield(03/02/2013) 
8:12
Anna: 
Good evening and welcome to tonight's live blog. I will bring you all of the action from Fullerton, Calif. as the Badgers play the CSU-Bakersfield Roadrunners.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:12 Anna
8:12
Anna: 
The previous game ended about 10 minutes ago, so I am guessing that we are about 15 minutes away from first pitch
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:12 Anna
8:13
Live NOW! Game in about 15 min RT @CiL_Events: Wisconsin Softball vs. CSU Bakersfield - bit.ly/13x426c @BadgerSoftball #Badgers
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:13 BadgerSoftball
8:16
#Badgers lineup: Massei RF, Peace SS, Massey 2B, Blackshear 1B, Stewart P, Mueller 3B, Grimm LF, LaJuenesse DP, Van Abel CF, Strange C
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:16 BadgerSoftball
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[Comment From FastpitchFastpitch: ] 
Tough loss earlier. Need a big win tonight. Go Badgers.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:20 Fastpitch
8:20
Anna: 
Agreed. I won't complain about finishing the weekend 4-2!
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:20 Anna
8:23
CSUB lineup: Bundy 3B, Veiga LF, Fryer SS, Zinger DP, Ricciardi 1B, Mills RF, Carter C, Desilva 2B, Raeber CF, Monroe P
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:23 BadgerSoftball
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[Comment From FastpitchFastpitch: ] 
Not at all. And to be that competitive with the #8 team in the country.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:24 Fastpitch
8:24
Anna: 
Yep. It would be great
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:24 Anna
8:24
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Can this game be heard anywhere?
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:24 Paul in Milwaukee
8:25
Anna: 
Nope. No radio. We don't travel with radio, so we are at the mercy of the opponent. At a neutral site like this, the chances are always slim
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:25 Anna
8:25
Anna: 
Mary Massei will lead off for UW. She is playing RF
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:25 Anna
8:26
Anna: 
First pitch to Massei is a ball. We are live.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:26 Anna
8:28
Anna: 
Massei singles to right field. That brings up Stephanie Peace. 0 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:28 Anna
8:29
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:29 BadgerSoftball
8:30
Anna: 
Peace strikes out swinging. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:30 Anna
8:30
Anna: 
Whitney Massey now up for UW
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:30 Anna
8:30
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Great site!
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:30 Paul in Milwaukee
8:30
Anna: 
GameTracker is great, when it works :)
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:30 Anna
8:30
Anna: 
Sometimes it likes to give me a hard time
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:30 Anna
8:31
Anna: 
Massei steals second. CSUB coach didn't like it. She thought Massei should have been called out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:31 Anna
8:31
Anna: 
I think the CSU coach might have just got tossed. She was yelling at the ump...
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:31 Anna
8:32
Anna: 
Yep. She was ejected. I think CSU really wants to beat us!
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:32 Anna
8:33
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Starting off with some fire!
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:33 Paul in Milwaukee
8:33
Anna: 
Massey flies out to left. 2 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:33 Anna
8:34
Anna: 
Shannel Blackshear batting. Runner on 2nd. 2 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:34 Anna
8:34
Anna: 
Blackshear lines out to shortstop to end the inning.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:34 Anna
8:34
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Sue - how has CSU done in the tourney so far - maybe a motivator (seems a little early for that).
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:34 Guest
8:35
Anna: 
I don't think they have done very well. Not a lot of wins coming in to today's games
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:35 Anna
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My view
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:35 
8:35
Anna: 
Taylor-Paige Stewart is pitching tonight. Maggie Strange is behind the plate
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:35 Anna
8:35
Anna: 
Bundy will lead off for CSU
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:35 Anna
8:36
[Comment From FastpitchFastpitch: ] 
Wish I was there!
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:36 Fastpitch
8:36
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Morning from Amsterdam (3:30) who's pitching for UW
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:36 Guest
8:36
Anna: 
Stewart pitching, Strange catching
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:36 Anna
8:36
Anna: 
Bundy is hit by a pitch.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:36 Anna
8:37
Anna: 
That brings up Veiga for CSU. Runner on 1st. 0 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:37 Anna
8:38
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
cant lead off with a walk! its alright, now we can just turn a double play!
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:38 Guest
8:38
Anna: 
That works for me!
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:38 Anna
8:39
Anna: 
Veiga singles to center. Bundy moves to 2nd on the hit.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:39 Anna
8:39
Anna: 
Fryer batting for CSU. 0 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:39 Anna
8:40
Anna: 
Fryer reaches on a fielder's choice. Ground ball to 2nd. Massey gets the out at 2nd.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:40 Anna
8:40
Anna: 
Zinger batting for CSU. Runners on the corners. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:40 Anna
8:42
Anna: 
Zinger grounds out to third. Mueller checks the runner & gets the out. 2 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:42 Anna
8:42
Anna: 
Ricciardi now hitting for CSU
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:42 Anna
8:44
Anna: 
Ricciardi grounds out to 2nd to end the inning
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:44 Anna
8:44
Anna: 
CSU: 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:44 Anna
8:44
Anna: 
After 1 inning, tied 0-0
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:44 Anna
8:45
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
You are faster than the Tracker! Good for you Great for Us!
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:45 Paul in Milwaukee
8:45
Anna: 
I input the stats that feed into GameTracker. Sometimes it is first, sometimes you...
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:45 Anna
8:45
Anna: 
Stewart leading off for UW in the top of 2
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:45 Anna
8:45
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Taking all the credit!
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:45 Paul in Milwaukee
8:46
Anna: 
All of it!
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:46 Anna
8:47
Anna: 
Stewart grounds out to third. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:47 Anna
8:47
Anna: 
Michelle Mueller now hitting for the Badgers
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:47 Anna
8:48
Anna: 
Mueller flies out to the 2nd baseman behind first base. 2 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:48 Anna
8:48
Anna: 
Kendall Grimm batting for UW
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:48 Anna
8:50
Anna: 
Grimm walks on 4 straight balls.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:50 Anna
8:50
Anna: 
Stefanni LaJeunesse now up. Runner on 1st. 2 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:50 Anna
8:50
Anna: 
LaJeunesse singles through the left side. Maria Van Abel now batting for UW
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:50 Anna
8:51
Anna: 
Marissa Mersch will pinch hit for Van Abel.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:51 Anna
8:51
Anna: 
Badgers have runners on 1st & 2nd
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:51 Anna
8:53
Anna: 
Mersch grounds out to shortstop to end the inning
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:53 Anna
8:53
Anna: 
UW: 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:53 Anna
8:53
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
LOB can kill drives!
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:53 Paul in Milwaukee
8:54
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Reason for a PH?
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:54 Paul in Milwaukee
8:54
Anna: 
Looking for a big hit to move the runners I would guess.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:54 Anna
8:54
Anna: 
Van Abel hits singles.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:54 Anna
8:54
Anna: 
Mills will lead off for CSU in bottom of 2nd
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:54 Anna
8:57
Anna: 
Mills strikes out swinging. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:57 Anna
8:57
Anna: 
Carter now up for CSU
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:57 Anna
8:57
Anna: 
1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:57 Anna
8:59
Anna: 
Carter strikes out looking. 2 outs
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:59 Anna
8:59
Anna: 
Stewart got her on the outside corner.
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:59 Anna
8:59
Anna: 
Desilva now hitting for CSU. 2 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 8:59 Anna
9:00
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Fist Pump in the air?
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:00 Paul in Milwaukee
9:00
Anna: 
Not too aggressive :)
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:00 Anna
9:00
Anna: 
Desilva grounds out to Stewart to end the inning.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:00 Anna
9:00
Anna: 
3 up & 3 down for CSU
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:00 Anna
9:02
#Badgers looking to get the offense going in the T3 against Bakersfield. Massei, Peace & Massei due up.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:02 BadgerSoftball
9:02
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Good quick inning! Post game....interview a C? Perspective on both games?
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:02 Paul in Milwaukee
9:02
Anna: 
I thought Cal was really good. & we outhit them!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:02 Anna
9:03
Anna: 
So far in this game, we just need to adjust to the pitcher. She is slower & spinning the ball more
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:03 Anna
9:03
Anna: 
Cal's pitcher threw a hard drop ball that worked the corner of the plate
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:03 Anna
9:04
Anna: 
Massei singles to second. CSU's player had to dive for the ball to keep it in the infield.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:04 Anna
9:04
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Sounds like a C prospective!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:04 Paul in Milwaukee
9:04
Anna: 
You got it! Loved catching.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:04 Anna
9:05
Anna: 
Stephanie Peace moves Massei to 2nd with a sacrifice bunt. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:05 Anna
9:05
Anna: 
Whitney Massey now up for UW
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:05 Anna
9:05
Anna: 
Massey grounds out to 2nd. Massei moves to 3rd.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:05 Anna
9:06
Anna: 
Shannel Blackshear batting for UW. Runner on 3rd. 2 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:06 Anna
9:06
Anna: 
Blackshear likes RBI situations!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:06 Anna
9:06
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Drive 'em in.....
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:06 Paul in Milwaukee
9:07
Anna: 
Guess she wanted both RBI there! HOMER!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:07 Anna
9:08
HOME RUN Blackshear! #Badgers take 2-0 lead over Bakersfield on 2-run homer over the CF fence!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:08 BadgerSoftball
9:08
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
WOW Great!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:08 Paul in Milwaukee
9:08
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
WH won 4-1; MH up 6-1; we need runs here Go Blackshear
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:08 Guest
9:08
[Comment From FastpitchFastpitch: ] 
NICE!!!!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:08 Fastpitch
9:08
Anna: 
Taylor Stewart now up. 2 outs
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:08 Anna
9:09
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
That's Run Production
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:09 Paul in Milwaukee
9:09
Anna: 
Blackshear will end her career as the RBI record holder & probably the home run record holder
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:09 Anna
9:11
Anna: 
Stewart singled to the pitcher & then advanced to 2nd on the throwing error.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:11 Anna
9:11
Anna: 
Michelle Mueller batting for the Badgers
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:11 Anna
9:12
Anna: 
The center fielder is playing at the warning track. I think she knows what Michelle is capable of...
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:12 Anna
9:14
Anna: 
Mueller singles and moves to 2nd when Stewart goes home
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:14 Anna
9:14
Anna: 
Grimm up.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:14 Anna
9:14
Anna: 
Mueller moves to 3rd on the wild pitch.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:14 Anna
9:15
Anna: 
Grimm strikes out looking.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:15 Anna
9:15
Anna: 
UW: 3 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:15 Anna
9:16
#Badgers take a 3-0 lead in T3 with 4 hits. Blackshear with a big HR to get the party started!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:16 BadgerSoftball
9:16
[Comment From Hometown fanHometown fan: ] 
Great job!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:16 Hometown fan
9:16
Anna: 
Raeber leading off the B3 for CSU
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:16 Anna
9:20
Anna: 
Raeber is working the count with a handful of foul balls
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:20 Anna
9:21
Anna: 
The AB ends with a line out to right field. Grimm with a nice slide to get under the ball
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:21 Anna
9:21
Anna: 
Bundy now up for Bakersfield.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:21 Anna
9:22
Anna: 
Bundy tries a sneaky bunt but Stewart gets the out at 1st. 2 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:22 Anna
9:22
Anna: 
Veiga hitting next. 2 out. Bottom of the 3rd
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:22 Anna
9:22
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Nice D#
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:22 Paul in Milwaukee
9:24
Anna: 
Veiga walks. Fryer now batting for CSU
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:24 Anna
9:24
Anna: 
Stewart comes with a strike. 0-1
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:24 Anna
9:25
Anna: 
Fryer flies out to right to end the inning
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:25 Anna
9:25
Anna: 
After 3 complete, UW leads 3-0
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:25 Anna
9:27
Anna: 
1-2 count to LaJeunesse. The CSU coach just shifted the out field towards right
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:27 Anna
9:28
Anna: 
LaJeunesse strikes out swinging. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:28 Anna
9:28
Anna: 
Maria Van Abel batting for UW. Massei on deck
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:28 Anna
9:30
Anna: 
Van Abel strikes out looking. Ball hit the outside corner. 2 outs
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:30 Anna
9:30
Anna: 
Mary Massei now up for UW
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:30 Anna
9:32
Anna: 
Massei strikes out swinging.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:32 Anna
9:32
Anna: 
Zeros that inning
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:32 Anna
9:33
Anna: 
Zinger leading off for CSU. She grounded out to 3rd in her first AB
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:33 Anna
9:33
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
How warm does it stay in the evening?
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:33 Guest
9:33
Anna: 
It is cooling off quickly! I have a jacket on!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:33 Anna
9:34
Anna: 
Zinger lines out to 2nd. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:34 Anna
9:34
Anna: 
Ricciardi now batting for CSU
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:34 Anna
9:35
Anna: 
Ricciardi flies out to center. 2 outs
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:35 Anna
9:36
Anna: 
Mills now batting for CSU
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:36 Anna
9:36
Anna: 
2 outs. Bottom 4
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:36 Anna
9:36
Anna: 
Ball in the dirt
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:36 Anna
9:37
Anna: 
Mills singles into center field. Carter now up for CSU. Runner on 1st. 2 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:37 Anna
9:37
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Inning?
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:37 Guest
9:38
Anna: 
Bottom of 4. Badgers lead 3-0
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:38 Anna
9:38
Anna: 
Carter fouls out to Strange behind the plate to end the inning.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:38 Anna
9:39
Anna: 
Badgers lead 3-0 after 4
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:39 Anna
9:40
Anna: 
Stephanie Peace leading off for UW in the top of the 5th
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:40 Anna
9:40
Anna: 
Ball high & tight. 1-0
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:40 Anna
9:40
Anna: 
Peace is due for a hit here
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:40 Anna
9:41
Anna: 
Peace with a foul ball onto the other field.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:41 Anna
9:43
Anna: 
Peace walks. Whitney Massey now up for UW. 0 outs
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:43 Anna
9:44
Anna: 
Massey with a little single up the middle. It snuck past the pitcher
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:44 Anna
9:45
Anna: 
Blackshear now up. 0 out. Runners on 1st & 2nd
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:45 Anna
9:45
Anna: 
DOuble steal. All runners are safe
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:45 Anna
9:46
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Schneider really getting his prints on this team
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:46 Paul in Milwaukee
9:46
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Nice move!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:46 Paul in Milwaukee
9:46
[Comment From aspasp: ] 
Blackshear double would be nice
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:46 asp
9:47
Anna: 
Long foul ball gets the crowd excited
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:47 Anna
9:47
Anna: 
Blackshear with a hard grounder to shortstop. It is mishandled & the runner scores
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:47 Anna
9:49
Anna: 
Stewart puts down a sacrifice bunt & moves the runners. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:49 Anna
9:49
Anna: 
Michelle Mueller now up for UW
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:49 Anna
9:50
[Comment From ColburnColburn: ] 
I think this is going to be a fun team to watch!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:50 Colburn
9:50
Anna: 
Mueller flies out to right field. The ball is too shallow to score on. 2 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:50 Anna
9:50
Anna: 
Macy Oswald pinch hitting for UW
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:50 Anna
9:51
Anna: 
Oswald flies out to left. Badgers get a run.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:51 Anna
9:51
Anna: 
UW leads 4-0
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:51 Anna
9:52
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
INSURANCE! Whew!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:52 Paul in Milwaukee
9:52
Anna: 
CSU fought back against Iowa and put up runs late in the game.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:52 Anna
9:52
Anna: 
Desilva leading off the B5 for CSU
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:52 Anna
9:53
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
is grimm re-entering?
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:53 Guest
9:53
Anna: 
Grimm & Blackshear are both back in the game.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:53 Anna
9:53
Anna: 
Stewart is still pitching
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:53 Anna
9:53
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
We arent Birds! We are grounded Badgers!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:53 Paul in Milwaukee
9:54
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
thank you
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:54 Guest
9:54
[Comment From suesue: ] 
what is the pitch count for Stewart
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:54 sue
9:54
Anna: 
She is at 68 now. 45 for strikes
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:54 Anna
9:55
Anna: 
Desilva strikes out swinging. Raeber now up for CSU. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:55 Anna
9:57
Anna: 
Massei with a diving catch in foul territory! Wow. THe outfield is looking great
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:57 Anna
9:58
Anna: 
2 outs for Bundy.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:58 Anna
9:59
[Comment From MommkpMommkp: ] 
Keep it up!
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:59 Mommkp
9:59
Anna: 
Bundy with a single into the hole at short.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:59 Anna
9:59
Anna: 
Veiga now up. 2 outs. Runner on 1st
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:59 Anna
9:59
Anna: 
2 quick strikes to Veiga.
Saturday March 2, 2013 9:59 Anna
10:00
Anna: 
Veiga strikes out swinging on a change up.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:00 Anna
10:00
Anna: 
UW 4, CSU 0
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:00 Anna
10:01
#Badgers with a 4-0 lead over CSU-Bakersfield in T6. Stewart with 3 Ks in 5 innings of work
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:01 BadgerSoftball
10:01
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
D#!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:01 Paul in Milwaukee
10:01
Anna: 
Stefanni LaJeunesse leading off the top of the 6th for UW
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:01 Anna
10:02
Anna: 
CSU's pitcher is starting the inning with 90 pitches already
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:02 Anna
10:02
Anna: 
LaJeunesse grounds out to first. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:02 Anna
10:02
Anna: 
Maria Van Abel now batting for UW
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:02 Anna
10:03
Anna: 
Van Abel singles to third.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:03 Anna
10:04
Anna: 
Mary Massei now up for UW. RUnner on 1st. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:04 Anna
10:05
Anna: 
Massei singles to right field. When the CSU right fielder bobbles the ball, Van Abel goes to third.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:05 Anna
10:07
Anna: 
Another double steal. Van Abel safe at home. Massei moves to third when the throw goes into the out field
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:07 Anna
10:07
Anna: 
Stephanie Peace grounds out to the pitcher
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:07 Anna
10:07
Anna: 
Whitney Massey batting. 2 outs
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:07 Anna
10:10
G-G-G-GONE! Whitney Massey with a 2run Homer to give #Badgers a 7-0 lead over CSU-Bakersfield
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:10 BadgerSoftball
10:10
Anna: 
Badgers lead 7-0
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:10 Anna
10:10
Anna: 
Shannel Blackshear now up
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:10 Anna
10:10
Anna: 
2 outs.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:10 Anna
10:11
[Comment From aspasp: ] 
more runs are always good
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:11 asp
10:11
Anna: 
Yes. I am greedy
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:11 Anna
10:11
Anna: 
Blackshear reached first on an error at 2nd.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:11 Anna
10:12
Anna: 
Stewart now batting
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:12 Anna
10:12
Anna: 
2 outs. Runner on 1st
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:12 Anna
10:12
[Comment From FastpitchFastpitch: ] 
Wow! What a showing this weekend by the Badgers... Its gonna be a great season.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:12 Fastpitch
10:13
Anna: 
Stewart strikes out swinging
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:13 Anna
10:13
Anna: 
Badgers score 3 runs, 3 hits, 3 errors, 1 LOB
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:13 Anna
10:14
Anna: 
UW leads 7-0 in B6
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:14 Anna
10:14
Anna: 
Stewart is back on the mound. Everyone is still in the same defensive spots
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:14 Anna
10:14
Anna: 
Fryer leading off for CSU
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:14 Anna
10:16
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Strange catching?
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:16 Guest
10:16
Anna: 
Yep. Massey is at 2nd.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:16 Anna
10:16
[Comment From ColburnColburn: ] 
Can't wait for the first game at Goodman
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:16 Colburn
10:16
Anna: 
Hope the snow is melting!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:16 Anna
10:16
Anna: 
Fryer walks on 4 pitches
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:16 Anna
10:17
Anna: 
Zinger now up. Runner on 1st. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:17 Anna
10:17
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Not at 19 Degrees Its not!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:17 Paul in Milwaukee
10:17
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Supposed to be 40 on Friday in good old WI :)
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:17 Guest
10:17
Anna: 
Zinger singles to left field. Fryer moves to 2nd.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:17 Anna
10:18
Anna: 
Ricciardi batting for CSU. 0 outs
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:18 Anna
10:19
Anna: 
Ricciardi singles to right and goes to 2nd on the throw home. 1 run scores
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:19 Anna
10:19
Anna: 
Runners on 2nd & 3rd for Mills. 0 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:19 Anna
10:19
[Comment From aspasp: ] 
Anyone warming up?
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:19 asp
10:19
Anna: 
I can't see the bullpen from where I am at
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:19 Anna
10:20
Anna: 
Run scores on a wild pitch.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:20 Anna
10:21
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Nervous for rain? Is it affecting our DEFENSE WOW!?!?
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:21 Paul in Milwaukee
10:21
[Comment From aspasp: ] 
c'mon Taylot
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:21 asp
10:22
Anna: 
Van Abel with a diving catch in the outfield.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:22 Anna
10:22
Anna: 
1 run scores
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:22 Anna
10:22
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
good opportunity with a lead to get Stewart some experience in situations like this!!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:22 Guest
10:22
Anna: 
Frankhouser pinch hitting. 1 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:22 Anna
10:23
[Comment From aspasp: ] 
out for a run works here
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:23 asp
10:23
Anna: 
Yeah. we just need outs
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:23 Anna
10:24
Anna: 
Frankhouser strikes out looking. 2 outs
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:24 Anna
10:24
Anna: 
Cardoza pinch hitting. 2 outs
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:24 Anna
10:25
[Comment From ColburnColburn: ] 
That was a big out!!!!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:25 Colburn
10:25
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
sounds like the UW outfield has been hot!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:25 Guest
10:25
Anna: 
The outfield has been impressive!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:25 Anna
10:27
Anna: 
Cardoza grounds out to shorstop to end the inning
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:27 Anna
10:27
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Anna are there any other big 10 teams down there this wknd?
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:27 Guest
10:27
Anna: 
A ton of them. Iowa, Indiana, Northwestern
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:27 Anna
10:27
Anna: 
4 of us
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:27 Anna
10:30
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
whats the badgers record
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:30 Guest
10:30
Anna: 
Michelle Mueller grounds out to 2nd for the first out
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:30 Anna
10:30
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Have you had a chance to watch any of them? How are they doing?
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:30 Guest
10:30
Anna: 
Just a little. I am sure the coaches did
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:30 Anna
10:30
Anna: 
Kendall Grimm fouls off a bunt attempt
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:30 Anna
10:31
[Comment From ColburnColburn: ] 
Badgers are 12-3 I believe?
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:31 Colburn
10:31
Anna: 
Yep. 12-3
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:31 Anna
10:33
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Northwestern is 1-3 out there losing to Cal Stanford Oregon State, just pasted Cal Poly 10-0
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:33 Guest
10:33
Anna: 
First pitch is a ball to Stefanni LaJeunesse
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:33 Anna
10:33
[Comment From aspasp: ] 
Let's get a couple back and finish
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:33 asp
10:35
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Indiana 0-4 losing to Fullerton OSU Cal Poly and Cal with Stanford to play tomorrow
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:35 Guest
10:35
Anna: 
LaJeunesse walks.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:35 Anna
10:36
Anna: 
Megan Tancill will run for LaJeunesse at 1st.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:36 Anna
10:36
Anna: 
First pitch to Van Abel is a ball
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:36 Anna
10:37
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Iowa finished 4-0 beating Fullerton OSA Stanford and Bakersfield
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:37 Guest
10:37
Anna: 
Van Abel singles to third. Tancill moves to 2nd.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:37 Anna
10:37
Anna: 
2 out for Mary Massei
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:37 Anna
10:37
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
OSU not OSA
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:37 Guest
10:38
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
wow...well great to see the big 10 teams competing/beating these nationally ranked teams
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:38 Guest
10:38
Anna: 
Did you see Nebraska handed Oklahoma its first loss of the year
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:38 Anna
10:38
Anna: 
Massei triples to left field. Scores both runners.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:38 Anna
10:38
[Comment From aspasp: ] 
OSU = Oregon State?
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:38 asp
10:38
Anna: 
Yep.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:38 Anna
10:39
Anna: 
Peace singles to center on teh first pitch
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:39 Anna
10:39
Anna: 
Massei scores
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:39 Anna
10:39
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Yes OSU is faster to type than Oregon State
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:39 Guest
10:39
[Comment From aspasp: ] 
nice answer, Whit and Stephanie
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:39 asp
10:39
Anna: 
Whitney Massey now batting. Peace at 1st. 2 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:39 Anna
10:41
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Go Badgers
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:41 Guest
10:41
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
The Big Ten is solid Michigan, WIsconsin Northwestern if Iowa and Nebraska are tough with Purdue it will be a shoot out for the championship. Where is the tournament at?
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:41 Guest
10:42
Anna: 
Massey doubles to center. Peace stops at 3rd & then scores when the outfielder holds onto the ball too long.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:42 Anna
10:42
Anna: 
Massey ends up on 3rd
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:42 Anna
10:42
Anna: 
Shannel Blackshear now up
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:42 Anna
10:43
Anna: 
Blackshear grounds out to 2nd to end the inning
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:43 Anna
10:43
Anna: 
UW: 4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:43 Anna
10:43
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
It just shows that the Big 10 should be a strong candidate for at least one AL bid come tournament time...
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:43 Guest
10:44
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Strong Game. Good answers! On Wisconsin!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:44 Paul in Milwaukee
10:44
4 runs in T7 has the #Badgers leading CSUB 11-3. 3 more outs!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:44 BadgerSoftball
10:45
Anna: 
Raeber leading off for CSU in the B7
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:45 Anna
10:45
[Comment From Amy & MaddyAmy & Maddy: ] 
We love Badger softball and can't wait to see you at Goodman Diamond....
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:45 Amy & Maddy
10:46
Anna: 
Raeber doubles to left/center
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:46 Anna
10:46
Anna: 
Bundy now batting
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:46 Anna
10:46
Anna: 
Stewart is still pitching for UW
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:46 Anna
10:47
Anna: 
Bundy singles to center. the runner moves to third on the play.
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:47 Anna
10:47
Anna: 
Runners on the corners for Veiga
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:47 Anna
10:48
Anna: 
Strange throws the runner out trying to steal 2nd. The run scores
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:48 Anna
10:49
[Comment From aspasp: ] 
our for a run works
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:49 asp
10:49
Anna: 
Veiga strikes out. 2 out
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:49 Anna
10:50
Anna: 
Fly out to right ends the game
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:50 Anna
10:50
Anna: 
Badgers win!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:50 Anna
10:50
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Fist Pump? Time to do it!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:50 Paul in Milwaukee
10:55
[Comment From aspasp: ] 
Thanks, Anna WH, MH, SB, and now back to bed in Amsterdam. Great game tomorrow and safe trip home
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:55 asp
10:55
[Comment From ColburnColburn: ] 
Another great win!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:55 Colburn
10:55
[Comment From Paul in MilwaukeePaul in Milwaukee: ] 
Nice rebound game. Time to make a statement tomorrow!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:55 Paul in Milwaukee
10:55
[Comment From Amy & MaddyAmy & Maddy: ] 
Great game ladies!
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:55 Amy & Maddy
10:55
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Final?
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:55 Guest
10:55
Anna: 
Final score is 11-4
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:55 Anna
10:55
Anna: 
Badgers improve to 13-3
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:55 Anna
10:55
Anna: 
Thanks for following. I will see you back here tomorrow morning
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:55 Anna
10:56
[Comment From Amy & MaddyAmy & Maddy: ] 
Woot
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:56 Amy & Maddy
10:56
Anna: 
Go Badgers
Saturday March 2, 2013 10:56 Anna
10:56
 

 
 
 

VIDEO: Top-10 goals of the 2012 season

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As we shift into the spring and look ahead to next season, let's take one last look at the 2012 season by scrolling through the best goals that highlighted an exciting year of Badgers women's soccer.

10. Monica Lam-Feist kicks off the season on the right foot (literally) with her game-winning score against Notre Dame in the regular-season opener. 


9. McKenna Meuer sends a sniper to the back of the net against Michigan State.


8. Lexi Peterson records her first career goal in a crucial Big Ten battle.


7. Cara Walls ices Illinois State in OT with her 2nd score of the match.


6. Kinley McNicoll puts away South Dakota State with her second goal of the game.


5. Lindsey Johnson sets up Cara Walls for a header against South Dakota State.


4. Kodee Williams gets in on the fun vs. South Dakota State with a left-footed goal.


3. Lindsey Holmes spearheads a comeback win over Illinois with her game-tying goal late in regulation.


2. Joana Bielefeld shuts the door on Indiana as the Badgers secure the comeback win on the senior's game-winning goal.


1. Cara Walls puts the cap on the 2012 regular season with her 2OT goal against Illinois in the regular-season finale.

The Voice: Ryan deserves credit for keeping streak alive

The_Voice_Matt_Lepay_200.jpgLast fall, Bo Ryan and his fellow Big Ten basketball coaches told anyone willing to listen how good the league would be this season. Badgers associate head coach Greg Gard said there are no "feel-good" games. In other words, no team on the schedule would serve as a breather.

Ryan and Gard were right. So was everyone else.

The Big Ten tournament can be an excellent showcase for the league. In his perfect world, Ryan would simply play more regular season games, but even he believes this could be a wild weekend at the United Center. If you have a ticket to this sold-out show, consider yourself lucky.

As good as the tournament might be, it will be hard pressed to top the regular season. Give Indiana credit for winning the championship. In a sports sense, it truly was a game of survival.

Look at it this way. In the closing seconds of last Sunday's Michigan-Indiana game, the Wolverines' Jordan Morgan was trying to tip in a missed shot from teammate Trey Burke. The ball hung on the right side of the rim, then fell off. That was the difference between Michigan winning a piece of the title and being the fifth seed this week.

From the Badgers' perspective, that miss, preceded by Traevon Jackson's buzzer-beater at Penn State, allowed Wisconsin to earn a first-round bye for the 13th-straight year.

To some, if not many, this seemed to be shaping up as a season when the Badgers finally finished in the lower half of the Big Ten. It is the nation's best conference, and the Badgers were going to be without Josh Gasser. Mike Bruesewitz sliced his leg, then a few weeks later suffered a concussion. Young players had to grow up in a hurry.

Maybe it hasn't always been pretty, but they are growing up. Put it all together, and once again the Badgers exceeded expectations in the conference race.

For those efforts, Bo Ryan is the 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year. Deservedly so.

As was the case the previous two times he was so honored, Ryan made it about the team. His name will be on the plaque, but it is the school he represents that makes him smile.

"It is nice because it always has the 'University of Wisconsin' coach. That is what matters the most. They get our brand in there."

It can be easy to wonder what might have been.  What if Wisconsin had held on at Minnesota?  Or what if they could have played better against Purdue on Senior Day.

Ryan knows that works both ways, and points out that more of those either/or games went the Badgers' way. Games such as the overtime thrillers with Michigan and Iowa, not to mention last Sunday's game with Penn State.

Through the injuries and the other challenges of the regular season, the Badgers finished in the top four -- again. That is a remarkable 12 straight years of a fourth-place or better showing. In the Big Ten, only Purdue has a longer streak, and that happened between 1920 and 1932.

"Take a look at the players from 2001 to now," Ryan said on his weekly radio show Monday. "You just say, boy, they were very consistent in their competitive values, in their style, in how they tried to get things done."

"You know, our teams haven't changed that much. Some years maybe you have a little more of this, a little less of that. But to be as consistent as they have been, I am extremely proud of the way they have played.

"(I am proud of) the assistant coaches, our philosophy -- we have made some tweaks, but we still try to do it on fundamentals, working hard, and good things will happen."

Despite the obstacles, the Badgers have made plenty of good things happen.

Now they get a chance to make a good thing even better.

Bo Ryan Accepts Big Ten Coach of the Year

Bo Ryan was named Big Ten Coach of the Year Monday. That evening he appeared on the Big Ten Network to accept the prestigious honor.


Playing the Midwest's best

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In today's Badger Blog, head coach Yvette Healy reflects on UW's trip to California and looks ahead to the upcoming Midwest competition. 

After back-to-back, six game weekends in Orlando, Fla. and Fullerton, Calif., it was great to get back to Madison late Sunday night. The week has been quite an adventure, with a nine inch snow storm Monday night, burying the city. 

Our trip to California was a success, posting wins over No. 16 Stanford, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly and Cal State Bakersfield. Every team we played in California was impressive. Stanford already has 17 wins, with victories over Georgia, Florida State and Virginia. Fullerton has key wins over Missouri and UCLA, and Cal Poly has beaten Washington and Georgia.  We were really pleased with the composure and confidence that our pitchers and hitters displayed en route to those signature victories.

We switch gears the next two weekends to match up with some of the best regional competition around. We leave tomorrow for four games in Carbondale, Ill., at Southern Illinois University. We're excited to match up against SIU, UIC, Belmont and Eastern Kentucky. Growing up and playing in the Midwest, I've had the opportunity to watch SIU and UIC, have a tremendous amount of success nationally. Both teams have great softball legacies, and winning traditions.

Southern Illinois will certainly be a tough game on Saturday. It's always exciting to play the host team on their field. The Saluki's have wins this year against No. 14 South Florida and a tough Hofstra team with all-American pitching. SIU has six NCAA tournament appearances, including a sweet 16 finish.

On Sunday we'll face UIC who has 4-8 all-time record against Wisconsin. The Flames have nine NCAA tournament appearances, 12 NCAA tournament wins, and a World Series appearance.

Our goal, as a program, is to win the Big Ten, advance to the NCAA tournament and make a run in post-season play. In order to become a nationally-recognized, nationally-ranked program, it's critical that we match up and compete against the best teams in our region. Both SIU and UIC have a tremendous amount of NCAA tournament, championship experience. They both have hosted NCAA regional tournaments. This weekend will be a great test for Wisconsin, to see how we stack up against great Midwest opponents. 
 

Lihrman's UW debut comes on big stage

MTRK_130301_Lihrman_Michael.jpg- USA Indoor Championships Information

Michael Lihrman's journey to the Badgers has not been a traditional one. But Wisconsin is sure happy to have him.

Lihrman, a junior transfer from Division III UW-Stout, will compete in the weight throw at the 2013 USA Indoor Track and Field Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. (CT).

The competition, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center, features many of the nation's elite track and field athletes as they compete in the world's oldest indoor track championship.

The event also will mark Lihrman's first official competition wearing the Badgers' uniform, meaning UW's school record is likely in jeopardy.

Lihrman got a late start in track and field, joining the sport his junior year at Rice Lake High School. After being named conference field athlete of the year as a senior, Lihrman enrolled at UW-Stout to compete as a collegiate thrower.

Last season at UW-Stout, Lihrman finished 11th in the weight throw at the 2012 NCAA Division III indoor Championships and finished fourth in the hammer throw at the outdoor championships.

After his sophomore year, however, he transferred to Wisconsin and has been throwing like a Division I athlete ever since.

Although Lihrman is redshirting this season and competes unattached, he has won the weight throw in each of the four meets he has competed in.

The junior had displayed remarkable consistency, winning each meet with marks that would have broken the Badgers school record of 64 feet, 4 1/2 inches if he had been competing in a UW uniform.

Lihrman's best throw came at the Red & White Open on Feb. 15, when he threw a personal-best and Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (The Shell) facility-record toss of 70 feet, 10 3/4 inches.

Despite the victories and record heaves, Lihrman is comfortable redshirting his first season at Wisconsin.

"It actually hasn't been that different because I pretty much competed with the team the entire year," Lihrman said. "I know next year, and the year after that, I will have even bigger opportunities."

Lihrman is thrilled about the chance to compete at a prestigious event like the USA indoor championships during a redshirt year.

"I actually had no idea that I could do that," he said. "I wasn't really sure what the boundaries are for a redshirt so I'm extremely excited."

Not only will Lihrman get to compete against some of the country's premier athletes, he will also get a feel for the facility that will host the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships. But the junior is taking things one step at a time.

"There will be some pretty big competitors there," Lihrman said. "My expectations are to just have fun."
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