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Wisconsin outlasts Nevada in nine innings


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March 9, 2012

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  Wisconsin 11, Nevada 9 (9)
Hixson Park • Reno, Nev. 
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 Wis 3 0 0 3 1 0 0 2 2 11
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IP H R ER BB SO
W Najdek (1-0) 4.0 3 2 1 3 4
L Darby (5-7) 1.0 1 2 0 0 0
 Batting Leaders
 • Whitney Massey: 3-4, 3 RBI, 1 Run
 • Shannel Blackshear: 1-2, 3 RBI
 • Kendall Grimm: 3-3, 1 Run, 1 BB
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RENO, Nev. -- Playing in its third extra-inning game of the season, the Wisconsin softball team outlasted a tenacious Nevada team at the Wolf Pack Softball Classic in Reno, Nev. Friday night.

 Fast Facts
• Blackshear and Massey record six of nine UW RBI
• Five Badgers have multi-hit games
• Najdek earns first win of season

Wisconsin (8-6) out-hit Nevada (6-18) 15-10 in the 11-9 victory.

Amanda Najdek earned her first win of the season after coming into the game in the sixth inning for the Badgers.

Nevada tied the game, 7-7, with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to force extra innings.  

Wisconsin started the eighth inning with Maggie Strange on second due to international tie breaker rules. Strange stole third and scored from a single by Michelle Mueller. Following a single by Mary Massei, Shannel Blackshear sacrifice bunted to move both runners to second and third. Another sac bunt from Whitney Massey scored Mueller and the Badgers took a 9-7 lead.

With two singles in the bottom of the eighth, Nevada tied up the game, 9-9, forcing a ninth inning.

Kendra Wright pinch ran for Karla Powell to start the ninth at second and a single from Stephanie Peace moved her to third. After Peace stole second, Kendall Grimm put down a bunt for a base hit to score Wright. Peace scored on an error by Nevada to give the Badgers an 11-9 lead.

Nevada didn’t go quietly and the Wolf Pack had the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning before a line out to Mueller at short stop ended the game and gave the Badgers the win.

In five innings of work, starting pitcher Meghan McIntosh gave up seven hits and seven runs, five of which were earned. Najdek struck out four and gave up three hits and two runs, one earned, in four innings.  

Massey led the Badgers offensively, going 3-for-4 with three RBI. Blackshear also recorded three RBI and Grimm went a perfect 3-for-3 on the game.

Wisconsin’s offense wasn’t limited to the final innings. UW started the game with four back-to-back base hits and took an early 3-0 lead against the Wolf Pack.

Nevada scored a run in the bottom of the inning and took a 4-3 lead in the third inning with three runs on three hits and one error by the Badgers.

In the fourth, Blackshear stepped in to pinch hit, ripping a double to score three runners and give the lead back to the Badgers, 6-4.

Spence hit her second home run of the season in the fifth inning and Wisconsin lead 7-4.

The sixth inning was all Nevada, as McIntosh left the game with bases loaded, replaced by Najdek. The Wolf Pack tied up the game at 7-7 with three runs on two hits and two errors by Wisconsin. Najdek was able to leave three on base and get out of the inning by striking out Sam Puzey and grounding out Ashley Butera.

The Badgers scored 11 runs on 15 hits and committed three errors. Nevada scored nine runs on 10 hits and had two errors.

Wisconsin continues action in the Wolf Pack Softball Classic on Saturday, Mar. 10 with games against San Diego, 12:30 p.m. CT, and Nevada, 2:45 p.m. CT.

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