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Peace's clutch home run leads UW to comeback win over Harvard



March 15, 2011

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 • Stephanie Peace: 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Down to her last strike, Stephanie Peace showed calm and poise beyond her years.

With two outs and two on in the top of the seventh and facing a 1-2 count, the freshman drove a pitch over the wall in left center field to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead.

The three-run shot catapulted Wisconsin (9-7) to a 5-2 victory over Harvard (6-4) in the opening game of the Marina International Hotel Showcase in Los Angeles, Calif.

 Fast Facts
• Peace hits 3-run HR with 2 outs and 2 strikes in 7th
• Mueller records career-high three hits
• Darrah improves to 7-1, throwing sixth-straight CG

In hitting her second home run of the season, Peace gave Wisconsin its fourth comeback win of the season and a season-high three-game winning streak.

It was just the second home run surrendered all season by Harvard starter Rachel Brown, who entered the game unbeaten at 6-0.

The inning started with a leadoff single by Michelle Mueller, her career-best third hit of the day. Kendall Grimm followed with an infield single and Jordan Skinner advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Cassandra Darrah struck out for the second out, setting the stage for Peace's heroics.

The Badgers added another run later in the inning when Jennifer Krueger walked and then came around to score as Mary Massei's single was compounded by a pair of errors by the Harvard infield.

Darrah improved to 7-1 on the year as she threw her sixth-straight complete game. The freshman gave up just two runs, seven hits and one walk as she struck out two batters.
Wisconsin got the scoring started in the third inning with Krueger serving as the catalyst.

Krueger extended her school record hitting streak to 19 games by reaching on an infield single to third base. After Krueger stole second, Massei dropped down a bunt. The throw from third baseman Kasey Lange hit Massei in the back as she ran up the line, resulting in the ball rolling away. Krueger kept on running from second and slid in safely with the game's first run.

It took a span of two pitches in the fourth inning for Harvard to move into the lead.

With one out, Whitney Shaw crushed the first pitch of her at bat deep to left field to knot the game at 1-1. One pitch later, Lange took a pitch to right field as the Crimson became the first team to hit back-to-back home runs against the Badgers since Sarah Bryers and Hope Howell of Illinois did it on April 20, 2008.

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