Big innings push Badgers past San Diego


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March 9, 2012

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 Wisconsin 6, San Diego 3
Hixson Park • Reno, Nev.
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IP H R ER BB SO
W Darrah (5-3) 7.0 10 3 3 1 3
L Lahitte (5-3) 5.2 11 6 6 2 5
 Batting Leaders
 • Molly Spence: 3-4, 1 RBI
 • Whitney Massey: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 Run
 • Karla Powell: 1-1, 1 RBI
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RENO, Nev. -- Led by two big innings, the Wisconsin softball team powered its way past San Diego Friday morning at the Wolf Pack Softball Classic in Reno, Nev. The Badgers out-hit the Toreros 11 to 10 to earn their seventh win of the season.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers improve to 7-6 overall
• Spence goes 3-for-4
• Massey records a pair of RBI

"We are happy to see the team come through in some key situations," said Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy." It's nice to string together some hits, especially when you are chasing runs. To come back when you are down by two and start swinging the bats."

San Diego (10-7) took an early lead on a homer by Taylor Hensley in the first inning and appeared to have the game in its control. USD shut down the Badgers' offense in the first three innings, holding Wisconsin's batters to just three hits.

After USD took a 2-0 lead in the top of fourth, the Badgers began fighting back.

A pinch-hit single by Karla Powell scored Megan Tancill from third base for the Badgers' first run of the game. A single by Mary Massei scored Kendal Grimm from third and Wisconsin posted its third run of the inning when Maggie Strange scored from third following a dropped third strike, giving UW a 3-2 lead.

San Diego put runners on the bases in the top of the fifth, but a double play helped end the inning.

Wisconsin added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-2 lead. A leadoff single by Strange started the inning and Michelle Mueller found her way on after getting hit. With two outs, Whitney Massey singled to center to score both runners.

Molly Spence followed up Massey's hit with a single to center to score the Badgers' sixth run.

USD chipped in a run in the top of the seventh, but the Badgers held on, earning the 6-3 win.

 "A lot of people contributed, which we were happy about," continued Healy. "It's a big game for Molly (Spence), to have a three-hit game. She is that type of hitter and she has been trying to find her rhythm.

"We are happy on the mound, that Cass (Cassandra Darrah) stayed in the game and battled and got the the "W", but it was really a good day for the hitters.

Spence and Massey led the Badgers at the plate, going 3-for-4 and 2-for-4, respectively.

Cassandra Darrah earned her fifth win of the season, pitching seven complete innings. Darrah allowed three runs on 10 hits, striking out three.

USD's Jenny Lahitte pitched five and 2/3's innings in the losing effort. Lahitte six runs on 11 hits and struck out five.

Wisconsin resumes action today at the Wolf Pack Softball Classic, playing tournament host Nevada at 5 p.m. CT. 

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