March 3, 2013
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FULLERTON, Calif. -- In their final outing of an already-productive weekend, the Badgers didn't disappoint. The Wisconsin softball team used one big inning Sunday to take down Cal Poly, 2-1, in the final game of the Easton Invitational in Fullerton, Calif.
The Badgers needed only five hits to finish off a 4-2 weekend on the West Coast, plating a pair of runs in the second inning to respond after the Mustangs jumped out to an early lead.
"It was a great weekend," UW head coach Yvette Healy said. "There wasn't an easy game or an easy inning the entire trip, and to come out 4-2 really shows a lot of effort and intensity, and just the improvements that this ball club is making."
Cal Poly (5-14-1) got on the board in the first inning following a leadoff double by Ashley Romano. A sacrifice bunt moved Romano to third, and a single plated her for the first run of the game.
Wisconsin (14-3) responded with a pair of runs in the second, however, to take a lead it would never relinquish. Taylor-Paige Stewart reached on an error, and back-to-back singles by Michelle Mueller and Kendall Grimm loaded the bases.
Katie Christner then singled to left to score the first run of the frame, and a misplay in left field brought another run across for the Badgers.
Cal Poly rallied in the fifth inning, loading the bases with one out before Badgers pitcher Cassandra Darrah recorded a strikeout and induced a flyout to end the scoring threat.
Darrah went the distance for the Badgers in the circle, earning her ninth win of the season in 7 innings of work. Darrah allowed one run on eight hits and struck out eight.
Cal Poly allowed two runs, both unearned, on five hits. After the Badgers chased Mustangs starter Nicole Innamorato in the second, relief pitcher Chloe Wurst held the Badgers in check by allowing just two hits and striking out five in 5 2/3 innings.
"We came out to California knowing how tough the competition would be, and it didn't disappoint," Healy said. "We saw great pitching the entire weekend. We were really pleased at how hard the team played."
Wisconsin returns to the Midwest for the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Ill., next Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10.