Badgers split with Golden Panthers at FIU Classic


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Feb. 15, 2014

•  Box Score (game 1)  |  Box Score (game 2)

MIAMI, Fla.– A big win was followed by a hard-fought loss as the Wisconsin softball team split a pair of games against Florida International at the FIU Classic in Miami, Fla., Saturday afternoon. 

The Badgers opened play with an 8-0, six-inning win before falling 5-2 in the nightcap. 

“We saw a few bright spots today with our offense creating runs,” UW head coach Yvette Healy said. “Cassandra Darrah threw a great shutout win in the first game.”

In the day’s first game, Wisconsin (3-5) jumped ahead of Florida International (7-2) with a pair of unearned runs in the first inning. 

Michelle Mueller gave UW a 3-0 lead in the second inning with her first home run of the year. A pair of FIU errors allowed Stephanie Peace to score for the second time of the game and the Badgers jumped ahead 4-0.

A run in the third and two in the fifth added to the Badgers’ lead, 7-0. Caitlin Warren singled with one out in the sixth and scored on a Golden Panther error to end the game, 8-0. 

Cassandra Darrah earned her second win of the season, throwing her first shutout of the year. Darrah allowed four hits, struck out four and walked two. 

Led by a 2-for-2 performance by Mueller that included three RBI and a home run, the Badgers finished the game with eight runs on 12 hits and one error. 

Wisconsin’s strong play continued into the second game against the Panthers. The Badgers jumped ahead 2-0 with a home run by Mary Massei in the third inning. 

A pair of runs on three hits by FIU in the bottom of the fourth tied the game, 2-2, and forced UW starting pitcher Taylor-Paige Stewart out of the game. 

Darrah entered the game in the bottom of the fifth and a pair of home runs quickly gave the Panthers a 4-2 lead. 

A home run in the sixth inning gave the Panthers a 5-2 advantage and the win. 

Stewart threw 4.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Darrah recorded 1.0 innings of work, allowing three runs on four hits. Sara Novak made her collegiate debut in the sixth inning, allowing no hits and striking out one in 1.0 innings. 

The Badgers finished the game with two runs on six hits and one error. FIU scored five runs on seven hits and had four errors. 

“We have a lot of improvements to make at this point,” Healy continued. “Our focus will certainly be on teaching the game and getting better every day when we get back to Madison.

“Tomorrow will be a tough matchup against a very successful FGCU team. We'll need to dig deep to finish the weekend on a high note.”

Wisconsin wraps up play at the FIU Classic on Sunday at 9 a.m. CT against Florida Gulf Coast.

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