March 9, 2013
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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Fourteen runs on 22 hits resulted in a pair of wins for the Wisconsin softball team at the Saluki Invitational Saturday afternoon at Charlotte West Stadium in Carbondale, Ill. The Badgers opened play with a 7-0 win over Belmont before finishing the sweep with a 7-3 win over host Southern Illinois.
For head coach Yvette Healy, the pair of wins capped off a nice day.
"It is always good to take two games, we love getting two wins," said Healy after the day's games.
Healy saw the day's wins as a strong team performance; on the mound, in the field and at the plate.
"Meghan (McIntosh) came out strong in the first game and gave us a great performance, limited their hits and threw a shutout," continued Healy. "We were pleased to put a zero on the board there.
"In the second game was really a hitter's duel. Southern Illinois swings the bats really well, but I thought from the mound we showed a lot of tenacity. Cassandra (Darrah) kept throwing even though we gave up a home run and some hits. The offense really carried the second game."
Wisconsin (16-3) opened the day with a 7-0 shutout victory over Belmont (6-8), posting seven runs on 10 hits.
The Badgers scored a run in the first inning, followed by two in the third, fourth and fifth to give Meghan McIntosh her third win, and first shutout, of the season. McIntosh pitched all seven innings, striking out nine and allowing just four hits.
The Badgers followed up game one's performance with a 7-3 victory over Southern Illinois (9-9). Wisconsin scored a quick four runs in the top of the second, taking advantage of three Saluki errors. After SIU posted a run in the bottom of the inning and two in the third, the Badgers answered back with three in the top of the fifth to finish with a 7-3 win.
Cassandra Darrah picked up her 10th win of the season, pitching seven complete innings and allowing just three runs on five hits.
Overall, Healy was happy with the Badgers' performance and looks forward to tomorrow's action.
"The defense was solid, we have to keep throwing some leather and stay solid with our defense," said Healy after the games." From a pitching standpoint, I think we can clean it up a little bit more. We want to see the hitters keep swinging.
"These are games that we have to see how we can take advantage if there are any balls left on zone and hits some extra base hits. We showed offensively that we were able to do that all day. It was a good day, anytime you can get two wins is a good day."
The Badgers finish play at the Saluki Invitational on Sunday at 9 a.m. against UIC.