Winning the day: Badgers pick up a pair of wins at USF Tournament

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Feb. 8, 2014

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TAMPA, Fla. – A no-hitter and a pair of long balls fueled the Wisconsin softball team’s first wins of the season at the USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament Saturday morning at USF Softball Stadium. UW opened the day with an 8-0, five-inning win over Bethune Cookman. The Badgers then posted a 2-1 triumph over Illinois State to wrap up action.

“It’s great to get the first wins of the season,” UW head coach Yvette Healy said. “The weather has been a little rough, with the rain. I think the pitchers have been leading the way. They were solid on the mound and pitched through some tough innings.

“It’s fun to see the long ball early in the season too.

“We’ve seen some good things, we’ve got a lot to work on still, but anytime you can get two wins in one day it is a good day.”

Wisconsin (2-1) jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead against Bethune Cookman (0-3) in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Taylor-Paige Stewart.

The Badgers struck again in the second when Chloe Miller belted a two-run homer over the right field fence. A leadoff homer by Stephanie Peace in the third inning extended Wisconsin’s lead to 3-0.

UW went ahead by seven, 7-0, in the fourth, fueled by Miller’s second long ball of the game.

Wisconsin ended the game early in the fifth when Marissa Mersch scored on a wild pitch.

Stewart threw her first career no-hitter, allowing no runs on no hits in five complete innings of work. Stewart struck out two and walked two.

The Badgers finished the game with eight runs on nine hits and one error.

Wisconsin’s offense rolled into the day’s second game, putting up two early runs on Illinois State (1-2). A two-run homer by Peace in the first inning proved to be all the offense needed to defeat the Redbirds.

Illinois State plated a run in the bottom of the first inning, but that is all UW starting pitcher Cassandra Darrah would surrender.

Darrah got 13-consecutive Redbird batters out before hitting a pair of batters and issuing a walk in the sixth inning to load the bases. Darrah worked her way out the jam when she caught a Redbird batter looking at the third strike.

Darrah finished the game with no earned runs on one hit. She struck out five and walked two. The Badgers scored their pair of runs on five hits and committed one error.

The Badgers finish action at the USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament on Sunday when they take the field for a rematch against No. 3/4 Florida at 12:30 p.m. CT.

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