Badgers outdueled by No. 8 Cal


March 2, 2013

Box Score

 8 California 5, Wisconsin 3
Anderson Field • Fullerton, Calif.
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
 CAL 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 5
7 1
WIS 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 8 0
Box Score  |  Attendance: 300
 Pitchers
IP H R ER BB SO
W Henderson (11-2) 7.0 8 3 3 0 7
L Darrah (8-1) 6.1 7 5 5 3 2
 Batting Leaders
 • Shannel Blackshear: 2-for-3
 • Mary Massei: 2-for-4
 • Stephanie Peace: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 Run
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FULLERTON, Calif. -- Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Wisconsin softball team put up a fight against No. 8 California -- scoring a pair of runs -- but couldn't find a way past the Golden Bears, falling 5-3 Saturday morning at Anderson Field in Fullerton, Calif.

Down four runs in the bottom of the seventh, a leadoff single by Kendall Grimm sparked the Badgers' offense. Freshman Macy Oswald was called on to pinch hit and found the perfect time to record her first hit of the season, singling to left field to move Grimm into scoring position.

A ground out to the right side by Stefanni LaJeunesse moved the runners to second and third, setting up a scoring opportunity for Stephanie Peace. She delivered with a two-out single through the left side that scored both runners and tightened the game for the Golden Bears (15-2).

Cal's starting pitcher, Jolene Henderson, then came up big with her seventh strikeout of the game against UW's Maggie Strange to earn the 5-3 win for the Golden Bears.

 Fast Facts
• 18 Badgers see action in the game
• Darrah suffers first loss of season
• Badgers outhit Cal 8-7

The Badgers found themselves down early when Cal posted two runs in the second inning on a pair of hits.

A home run by Victoria Jones in the top of the sixth gave Cal a 4-0 lead, and the Badgers appeared to be on their way to being shut out for the first time this season.

But, Wisconsin wouldn't relent, scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth when Whitney Massey doubled to score Peace from second.

Cal chased UW starting pitcher Cassandra Darrah from the game in the seventh, scoring a pair of runs on three hits, and Meghan McIntosh entered the game for the final two outs.

Darrah pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out two. McIntosh faced two batters, recording two outs.

Henderson went the distance for Cal, pitching all seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and striking out three.

The Badgers outhit the Golden Bears 8-7.

Wisconsin continues action at the Easton Invitational at 8 p.m. (CT) Saturday against CSU-Bakersfield. UW wraps up tournament play on Sunday against Cal Poly at 1:15 p.m.

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