ORLANDO, Fla. -- A no-hitter and a run-shortened game highlighted the Wisconsin softball team’s day at the Diamond 9 Tournament in Orlando Friday afternoon. Wisconsin opened action with a 3-0 defeat of Georgia Southern and capped off the day with an 11-3, five-inning win over Boston University.
• Darrah is first UW pitcher since 2001 to throw no-hitter
• McIntosh earns first win of season
• Badgers improve to 6-1
“It was a great day for the Badgers to face two teams that were both in the NCAA tournament last year and both had 40 wins,” said head coach Yvette Healy. “To put together two wins against that quality of competition this early in the season is exciting.
“We love when we have two pitchers put together victories in the same day. We are really pleased with our offense. How they were able to face such good pitching, put the ball over the fence and generate a lot of runs and hits. It was a great day for the Badgers.”
Against Georgia Southern (6-4), Cassandra Darrah became the first UW pitcher since the 2001 season to throw a no-hitter. Andrea Kirchberg last accomplished the feat on Feb. 23, 2001, against SE Missouri State.
Darrah threw all seven innings, recording nine strikeouts and three walks. Only four Eagles reached base and none advanced past second.
The Badgers added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning. Stephanie Peace led off the inning with her first home run of the season before a double by Whitney Massey turned into UW’s second run of the game.
UW rolled in its second game of the afternoon, defeating Boston University (1-1) 11-3 in five innings.
Meghan McIntosh opened the game with a pair of strikeouts and the Badgers plated two quick runs in the bottom of the inning to jump ahead 2-0.
The Badgers’ offense exploded in the bottom of the second inning, scoring nine runs on eight hits to take an 11-0 lead.
The Terriers scored a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but were unable to overcome the Badgers’ lead.
McIntosh picked up her first win of the season in five innings of work. The senior lefty struck out five and allowed just two earned runs on four hits.
The Badgers continue action in Orlando on Saturday, opening the day against Boston University at 11:15 a.m. CT.