Badgers' rally falls short against No. 3/4 Florida


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UF 3 Florida 5, Wisconsin 1
USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament
USF Softball Stadium • Tampa, Fla.

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0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1
 Florida
0 0 1 2 2 0 X 5  6   1 
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IP H R ER BB SO
W Haeger (2-0) 7.0 0 1 0 3 11
L Darrah (1-1) 6.0 6 5 5 5 8
 Batting Leaders
 • Kelsey Stewart: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
 • Bailey Castro: 1-3, 1 RBI
 • Aubree Munro: 1-3, 1 RBI
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Feb. 9, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Wisconsin softball team applied the pressure, but couldn’t get No. 3/4 Florida to break Sunday afternoon, falling to the top-ranked Gators, 5-1, at the USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament in Tampa, Fla.

“The team showed a lot of grit and a lot of fight,” UW head coach Yvette Healy said. “And for as good as Florida is, nobody backed down and they battled the entire time.

“It was a great first weekend out. We got to see what the top teams in the country look like and get an idea of where we need to be in May.” 

 Fast Facts
• Florida pitcher Lauren Haeger tossed no-hitter
• UW pitcher Cassandra Darrah struck out eight
Ashley Van Zeeland scored Badgers' lone run

The Badgers (2-2) loaded the bases in the top of the sixth, taking advantage of a Gator error and a pair of walks to push a run across the plate. The inning ended with the bases loaded and the Badgers unable to score again.

Florida (5-0) broke the game’s stalemate in the third inning, scoring a run on a pair of hits.

The Gators struck again in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run homer by Kelsey Stewart.

UF added to its lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs on three hits. UW starting pitcher Cassandra Darrah worked herself out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out Stewart.

Darrah allowed five runs on six hits, striking out eight and walking five.

Florida’s Lauren Haeger recorded her first no-hitter, allowing one run, striking out 11 and walking three.

The Badgers continue action on the road at the Florida International Tournament Feb. 14-16 in Miami, Fla. 

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