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2013 Schedule
Feb. 8 at Charlotte W, 12-3 (6)
Feb. 8 vs. Presbyterian L, 5-3
Feb. 9 vs. Notre Dame W, 1-0
Feb. 9 vs. Presbyterian W, 8-0 (5)
Feb. 10 vs. Notre Dame W, 6-5 (11)
Feb. 22 vs. Georgia Southern W, 3-0
Feb. 22 vs. Boston University W, 11-3 (5)
Feb. 23 vs. Boston University W, 9-1
Feb. 23 vs. Georgia Southern W, 4-0
Feb. 24 vs. Georgia Southern W, 6-4
Feb. 24 vs. Boston University W, 5-1
Feb. 28 at Cal State Fullerton W, 1-0
Mar. 1 vs. #16 Stanford W, 4-0
Mar. 1 at Cal State Fullerton L, 6-4
Mar. 2 vs. #8 California L, 5-3
Mar. 2 vs. CSU Bakersfield W, 11-4
Mar. 3 vs. Cal Poly W, 2-1
Mar. 9 vs. Belmont W, 7-0
Mar. 9 at Southern Illinois W, 7-3
Mar. 10 vs. UIC W, 2-1 (8)
Mar. 10 vs. Eastern Kentucky W, 5-1
Mar. 15 vs. #24 UNC W, 4-2
Mar. 15 vs. Eastern Michigan W, 7-2
Mar. 16 vs. Ball State W, 8-7 (8)
Mar. 16 vs. Eastern Michigan W, 9-0 (5)
Mar. 22 at Illinois W, 8-1
Mar. 23 at Illinois W, 5-1
Mar. 23 at Illinois W, 5-2
Mar. 29 at Iowa L, 2-1 (9)
Mar. 30 at Iowa W, 8-0 (5)
Mar. 30 at Iowa W, 3-0
April 5 at Minnesota L, 2-1
April 6 at Minnesota W, 10-0 (6)
April 7 at Minnesota L, 8-0 (5)
April 12 at #22 Nebraska L, 4-0
April 13 at #22 Nebraska W, 5-2
April 14 at #22 Nebraska L, 11-2 (5)
April 16 vs. Green Bay L, 2-1
April 16 vs. Green Bay W, 4-3
April 20 vs. Ohio State W, 7-6 (10)
April 20 vs. Ohio State W, 3-1
April 21 vs. Ohio State W, 4-2
April 24 vs. Northwestern W, 3-1
April 24 vs. Northwestern W, 4-2
April 26 at Indiana W, 12-1 (5)
April 26 at Indiana W, 3-0
April 27 at Indiana W, 5-2
May 4 vs. Michigan State L, 9-4
May 4 vs. Michigan State W, 3-0
May 5 vs. Michigan State L, 11-5
May 10 vs. Northwestern W, 3-0
May 11 vs. #6 Michigan W, 9-3
May 12 vs. Minnesota W, 9-3
May 16 vs. UNC L, 3-2 (8)
May 17 vs. BYU W, 6-0
May 17 vs. UNC W, 6-2
May 18 at #3 Oregon L, 3-0

2013 Roster
9 Shannel Blackshear SR 3B
6 Katie Christner FR IF
8 Cassandra Darrah JR P
17 Kendall Grimm SR OF
28 Kelsey Horton SR UT
15 Kelsey Kleist FR C
18 Stefanni LaJeunesse FR 3B/DP
3 Mary Massei JR OF
2 Whitney Massey SR IF/OF
21 Meghan McIntosh SR P
31 Marissa Mersch SO OF
12 Michelle Mueller JR IF
11 Macy Oswald FR UT
22 Stephanie Peace JR IF/OF
55 Staci Roscizewski FR UT
7 Molly Spence SR DP
24 Taylor-Paige Stewart FR P/UT
5 Maggie Strange SR C
4 Megan Tancill SO IF
10 Maria Van Abel SO OF
32 Ashley Van Zeeland FR IF
20 Caitlyn Warren FR OF
13 Kendra Wright JR OF
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2013 Season Highlights
• Wisconsin finished the 2013 season with a school record 44-13 overall record, the first 40 win season in program history, and a program best 16-7 record in the Big Ten.

• The Badgers’ season drew to a close in the championship round of NCAA Regional action against No. 3 Oregon in Eugene, Ore. Shannel Blackshear, Stephanie Peace and Cassandra Darrah were named to the All-Regional team.

• Wisconsin claimed the program’s first Big Ten tournament title with a 9-3 victory over Minnesota in the championship game. Cassandra Darrah was named tournament MVP, while Stefanni LaJeunesse and Maria Van Abel, were also selected to the All-Tournament team. 

• A school-record three Badgers were selected to NFCA Great Lakes All-Region teams. Whitney Massey headlined the list with her second first-team all-region selection, while Cassandra Darrah and Mary Massei were named to the second team.

• Five Badgers earned All-Big Ten honors. Mary Massei, Cassandra Darrah and Whitney Massey earned first-team honors, while Kendall Grimm and Meghan McIntosh were named to the second-team. Maria Van Abel was selected as the team’s Sportsmanship Award honoree.

• Wisconsin concluded the season with a program-best batting average, slugging percentage and OPS. The team also set records for runs, hits, RBI, total bases and walks. Mary Massei recorded the highest batting average, slugging percentage and OPS in school history, while also setting records for at bats, hits, runs, triples and total bases. 

 2013 Game Notes
• Feb. 5 - First Pitch Classic
• Feb. 20 - Diamond 9 Tournament
• Feb. 27 - Easton Invitational
• Mar. 6 - Saluki Invitational
• Mar. 13 - Louisville Classic
• Mar. 20 - at Illinois
• Mar. 26 - at Iowa
• April 3 - at Minnesota
• April 10 - at Nebraska
• April 15 -  vs. Green Bay
• April 19 - vs. Ohio State
• April 26 - at Indiana
• May 1 - vs. Michigan State
• May 8 - at Big Ten Tournament
• May 15 - at NCAA Regionals
• June 1 - Final

Wiconsin in NCAA tournament
With a 6-2 victory over North Carolina in an elimination game at the NCAA regional in Eugene, Ore., the Badgers advanced to the regional championship for the first time in program history. Despite falling to No. 3 Oregon, UW wrapped up regional play with a program best 2-2 record in NCAA action.

NCAA All-Regional Team
Cassandra Darrah, Shannel Blackshear and Stephanie Peace were selected to the NCAA All-Regional team, joining Andrea Kirchberg as the only Badgers to receive the honor. Darrah made three starts in the circle, pitching 21.0 innings in regional play. Blackshear started all four games at first base, while Peace started all four games at shortstop.

NFCA Great Lakes All-Region
A school-record three Badgers were selected to NFCA Great Lakes All-Region teams. Whitney Massey headlined the list with her second first-team all-region selection, while Cassandra Darrah and Mary Massei were named to the second team.

Following her first-team selection at second base in 2012, Massey was honored for her skills behind the plate in 2013. It was Darrah and Massei’s first all-region honors, Darrah as a pitcher and Massei as an outfielder.

Big Ten Champions
Wisconsin earned its first ever Big Ten tournament title with a 9-3 victory over Minnesota on May 12. The Badgers posted nine runs on seven hits in the win and Cassandra Darrah held the Gophers to just two hits in her 26th win of the season.

Starting pitcher Cassandra Darrah was named the Big Ten tournament’s Most Outstanding player after posting a 3-0 record and pitching all 21.0 innings for Wisconsin at the tournament. Darrah, together with Stefanni LaJeunesse and Maria Van Abel, was also named to the 2013 Big Ten All-Tournament team.

B1G finish
The Badgers finished the Big Ten season in fourth place, tying a program-best mark last accomplished in 2002.

All-Big Ten selections
A school-record five Badgers earned All-Big Ten honors. Mary Massei, Cassandra Darrah and Whitney Massey earned first-team honors, while Kendall Grimm and Meghan McIntosh were named to the second-team. Maria Van Abel was selected as the team’s Sportsmanship Award honoree. Massei was a unanimous selection after finishing the regular season with a league-best 74 hits, including 31 in conference action.

League leaders
Wisconsin finished the regular season second in the Big Ten with a .309 team batting average. The Badgers ranked third with a .459 slugging percentage and .391 on base percentage and ranked second with 116 stolen bases. UW’s 2.00 ERA and .220 opponent batting average was second in the league,
Mary Massei finished regular season action with a league-best 74 hits, finishing fourth with a .433 batting average.

Whitney Massey’s 18 doubles led the league, while her 12 home runs ranked fourth.
In league play, Wisconsin recorded a 2.57 team ERA and .210 opponent batting average, second behind Michigan in both categories. Massei finished second with 31 hits and tied for third with seven doubles. Massey’s seven home runs in conference play ranked second, while her 24 RBI ranked sixth.

Get to Goodman
The Badgers concluded the regular season on May 5 in front of a record crowd. Over 2,000 fans (2,007) attended UW’s doubleheader against Michigan State, setting a new facility record and crushing the previous mark of 1,097 set in 2007 against Purdue.

Cosida Academic All-District
Mary Massei was named first-team Academic All-District honoree, becoming the first Wisconsin player to be named to the all-district team since Amanda Berg earned the honor during the 2000 season. In just her third season, the sociology major holds a 3.41 GPA. She has worked her way onto UW’s career record list for hits, runs, doubles, RBI, total bases and sacrifice flies.

Single-season success
Wisconsin recorded a pair of wins over Northwestern on April 24, posting its 34th and 35th victories of the season and setting a program record for wins. Twice, in 2000 and 2012, the Badgers recorded 34 wins.

The Badgers followed the series against Northwestern with a sweep at Indiana, setting a school record for Big Ten wins with 15 and eclipsing the previous mark of 13 set in 2012. Wisconsin concluded the Big Ten regular season with a 16-7 record.

Mary Massei continued her destruction of the UW record book at the Big Ten tournament, adding to her single-season records for hits (77), runs (50) and total bases (125).

Whitney Massey took ownership of the single season home run record against Michigan State on May 5, hitting her 12th long ball of the year. Massey also holds top marks with 49 RBI and ranks second with 19 doubles and 111 total bases.

Stephanie Peace set the single-season record for walks with three free bases at the Big Ten tournament. The junior has recorded 33 free bases this season.

Blackshear hitting bombs
A home run at Indiana on April 26 moved Shannel Blackshear into a tie with Katie Hnatyk on the UW career record list. Blackshear and Hnatyk share the record with 30 career homers.

Wisconsin recorded its 30th win of the season against Green Bay on April 16, marking the third time in the past three seasons UW has posted 30+ wins. It is the first time in school history the Badgers have recorded three-consecutive 30 win seasons.

B1G road wins
Wisconsin’s 10 Big Ten road wins were the most league road victories in program history. In 2005, eight of the Badgers’ 11 league wins were on the road, while in 1999 they posted seven league victories on the road.

Home-sweet-home (finally)
The Badgers’ April 16 home start was the latest home opener in school history. During the 2001 season, UW opened its season on April 13, while in 2003 the home opener was held on April 11.
UW’s 37-game road swing was the second-longest in school history. In 2001 UW played its first 38 games away from Madison.

Massei hits walk off
Mary Massei recorded the Badgers’ first walk off home run in almost four seasons against Notre Dame on Feb. 10 and then replicated the feat against Ohio State on April 20. The junior right fielder belted a two-run home run in the 11th inning against Notre Dame to lead the Badgers to victory, marking the first walk off homer for UW since 2008 when Valyncia Raphael hit the game-winner against Princeton.
Massei then came up big in the 10th inning against Ohio State to push the Badgers to a 7-6 victory over the Buckeyes.

Healy wins 100th game as Badgers’ head coach
The Badgers’ 12-1 win over Indiana on April 27 marked head coach Yvette Healy’s 100th win at the helm of the Badgers’ program. Healy became fastest coach in school history to reach the 100 win mark and the only coach to post three consecutive 30+ win seasons.

Against Georgia Southern on Feb. 22, Healy recorded her 200th career win. Now in her ninth season of collegiate coaching, Healy holds a career 238-227-1 record. In three seasons at UW, Healy has posted a 108-55 record.

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