FULLERTON, Wis. -- An emotional high was followed by an emotional low Friday night as the Wisconsin softball team earned a split in the opening day of the Easton Invitational in Fullerton, Calif., Friday afternoon. The Badgers started their day with a 4-0 win over No. 16 Stanford before suffering a 6-4 defeat to Cal State Fullerton in the night cap.
Badgers defeat Stanford for first time in school history
UW's winning streak stopped at 11 games
Wisconsin improves to 12-2 overall
Wisconsin (12-2) opened up action with a quick two runs against Stanford (14-5) in the first inning of the day's first game. After Mary Massei and Stephanie Peace reached base on Cardinal errors, Shannel Blackshear came up big with a double to score both runs and give UW the early 2-0 lead.
The Badgers picked up another run in the fourth inning when Taylor-Paige Stewart ripped a RBI single to center field to score Peace from second.
UW added an insurance run in the sixth when Maria Van Abel's bunt single scored Stewart to give the Badgers a 4-0 lead.
The Cardinal didn't go down without a fight. In the third inning Stanford had runners in scoring position and in the sixth inning it loaded the bases, but both times UW worked its way out of the jam.
Cassandra Darrah went the distance for UW, earning her eighth win and fourth shutout of the season in 7.0 innings of work. Darrah allowed six hits, walked three and struck out two.
The Badgers scored their four runs on seven hits and committed one error, while Stanford finished the game with six hits and three errors.
The victory extended the Badgers' winning streak to a school record 11 games. It was the first victory over a ranked opponent since the 2005 season and the first victory over Stanford in school history.
For head coach Yvette Healy, it was a quality win for the Badgers.
"It's a great win when you play a quality opponent like Stanford," said Healy. "We are really pleased with the way that we came out. You are on the road and it's tough to play California teams in California."
But, Healy knew that there was a lot of work yet to be done.
"It's fun to get this win and we know we have a lot of work to do still this weekend."
The Badgers got back to work against Cal State Fullerton (8-9) in the night cap.
After scoring a run in the top of the first, Wisconsin appeared to be picking up right where it left off. But, the Titans showed they weren't going down without a fight, scoring a run in the bottom of the inning to even the score, 1-1.
UW took back the lead with a two-run home run by Michelle Mueller in the second inning. Cal State Fullerton posted a run in the fourth but UW responded again in the sixth with another run.
With the Badgers leading 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth, they made a pitching change. Meghan McIntosh entered the game in relief of Stewart who had thrown 5.0 innings. The Titans scratched a run across home plate before a big three-run homer by Lauren Mario gave them the 6-4 lead.
With just three outs to play with, UW was unable to rally back, falling for the first time since Feb. 8.
McIntosh suffered the loss, pitching 1.0 innings and allowing one earned run on three hits. Stewart recorded 5.0 innings of work, allowing two earned runs on three hits.
Wisconsin looks to restart its winning streak on Saturday against No. 8 California at 1:15 CT. The Badgers will play in the night cap against CSU-Bakersfield at 8 p.m. CT.