Keri McGee #5, 2B
Years Lettered: 1996-1999
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Honestly, my biggest memory of Minnesota was that it was the first place our first team in 1995 ever played! It was fall ball and it was probably the coldest day in history of UW softball... and all we had were shorts! Regardless of the weather or our uniforms, it is one of my fondest memories because it was when we really started to feel like a team. We were all in it together and definitely started creating memories that very first weekend in Minnesota Good luck to the Badgers this weekend - keep up the great season!
Amanda Berg #24, 1B/C
Years Lettered: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000
Hometown: Chippewa Falls, WI
I completely second Keri's comments... it was the first away game of the program's career -- that is where it started -- the score was so horrible that day that I vowed to never let that happen again to our border rival or anyone else. We realized that we had a long way to go but we were beginning something special for our school and for many women who would come after us. When you look at the pictures from that day, you will see many smiles on our faces, not because we won but because we realized what we had just begun. From then on, we continued to battle with them and even started winning the rivalry. It had to start somewhere and we may have lost that day, but the program continues almost 20 years later! Best of luck today ladies and I can't wait to read about the wins! You are making all of us alumni proud this season and we hope it continues right into a Big Ten championship and a berth to the NCAA tournament! And just be thankful you don't have to play in shorts in 30 degree weather...vour legs were so pink that day it looked like we were wearing red pants!
Athena Vasquez #24, INF
Years Lettered: 2004-2007
Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA
I have a painful memory against the Gophers. Three cracked ribs after colliding with a runner for a force out and almost missing the Big Ten tournament back in 2005.
If I could, here's some wisdom for each game, possibly reiterating coach Healy: One pitch, one out, one inning at a time. All your training in the off season prepared you for these coming weeks, so relax. Your muscle memory will take over.
Focus on what you can control. Be aware of your stress level. Remember to approach each inning fresh, use your positive self talk and encourage your teammates with positive affirmations. Keep each other calm and confident.
Have fun Badgers!!
Karla Powell #32, 1B/DP
Years Lettered: 2009-2012
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
I remember my freshman year we played home against Minnesota. I was up in the bottom of the 7th with two outs and Jen Krueger was on third base. I hit the ball to the first baseman and it hit off her glove and as the second baseman grabbed the ball and was diving for first. I also dove into first and was called safe and won the game. It was one of the greatest memories playing at Goodman Diamond.
Dana Rasmussen #10, C/UT
Years Lettered: 2008-2011
Hometown: Madison, WI
My sophomore year. We beat them the last game of the season with a walk off. With two outs, Karla Powell hit a ball to the first baseman, who booted it (not a hard shot, mind you). Karla dove into first base head first and was safe, scoring the winning run. Even though that was only our 15th win of the season and there were absolutely NO hopes of a tournament, it seriously felt like we just won the World Series.
That won't happen this season because these girls are doing great. So proud of all of them!