March 1, 2014
Game 1 | Game 2
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Home runs fueled the Wisconsin softball team's offense in a win and a loss Saturday afternoon at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas.
In their first game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, the Badgers (6-7) used three long balls to claim a 10-1 win over the Islanders (4-14).
In the day's second game, two homers gave Wisconsin an early lead over the host Aggies (15-4) before falling 6-2.
A leadoff home run by Mary Massei set the tone in the day's first game against the Islanders. Massei's blast in the first inning was followed by a walk by Maria Van Abel and an RBI double from Michelle Mueller to give the Badgers an early 2-0 advantage.
A pair of Badgers runs in the top of the second was countered by a run by the Islanders in the bottom of the inning, but that is all of the offense Texas A&M Corpus Christi could muster.
Two home runs, one from Mueller and one from Chloe Miller, added two more runs in the third and Wisconsin confirmed the win with four in the top of the sixth.
Mueller finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored, while Massei posted a pair of hits and three RBI.
The Badgers finished the outing with 10 runs on nine hits and committed one error. The Islanders posted one run on six hits and had two errors.
Taylor-Paige Stewart earned the win for Wisconsin, pitching 6.0 innings and striking out six.
Wisconsin's offensive power continued into its game against No. 13 Texas A&M as Stephanie Peace scored the game's first run in the second inning with her fourth homer of the season.
The Badgers struck again in the third innings when Massei homered for the second time of the day.
Wisconsin's 2-0 lead was quickly erased by the Aggies in the bottom of the third when a hit batter and a walked batter scored on an RBI double by Cassie Tysarczyk.
The Aggies took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two runs on three hits and one Badger error.
A two-run homerun by Texas A&M in the fifth forced starting pitcher Cassandra Darrah from the game after 4.0 innings of work. Darrah allowed six runs, five earned, struck out three and walked six.
Stewart closed out the final two innings, allowing just one hit and walking one.
Wisconsin scored two runs on four hits and committed one error. Texas A&M scored six runs on seven hits and didn't have any errors.
Massei, Van Abel, Peace and Sara Novak each had a hit for the Badgers.
Wisconsin concludes play at the Texas A&M Invitational Sunday morning against UConn at 9 a.m.