March 15, 2013
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Playing with something to prove and looking to make a splash in the rankings, the Badgers came up big Friday afternoon. UW posted a pair of come-from-behind wins at the Louisville Classic at Ulmer Stadium in Louisville, Ky., to improve to 20-3 on the year.
Wisconsin opened action with a 4-2 win over No. 24 North Carolina (18-8), before defeating Eastern Michigan (8-9), by a score of 7-2, to sweep the day's action.
The Tar Heels jumped to a quick lead in the second inning when Constance Orr led off the inning with a double and scored two batters later. With runners again in scoring position, the Badgers used a double play to end the inning and the Tar Heel's scoring threat.
One big swing by Whitney Massey in the third inning put the Badgers right back in the game. With Stephanie Peace on first, Massey connected, homering to left center field to give UW a 2-1 lead.
The Badgers' bats came up big again in the fifth inning. A leadoff homer by Peace was followed up by a home run by Massey putting UW up 4-1.
North Carolina used three hits in the sixth inning to score a run, but the Badgers posted a quick three-out seventh inning to end the game.
Cassandra Darrah earned her 12th win of the season, pitching all seven innings and allowing just two runs on seven hits and striking out four.
Wisconsin stayed on the field for the day's second game to play Eastern Michigan.
The Eagles put up two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Badgers didn't balk, scoring a run in the bottom of the inning to cut into EMU's lead.
UW used a big second inning to take control of the game. A two-run home run by Maggie Strange gave the Badgers a 3-2 lead. Four singles and a couple free bases later and UW found itself up by five, 7-2, in the bottom of the second.
The Badgers went on cruise control, holding off EMU to pick up their 20th win of the season.
Meghan McIntosh earned the win, her fifth victory of the season. McIntosh pitched the complete game, recording two runs on eight hits and striking out 11.
The Badgers continue action at the Louisville Classic on Saturday, playing Ball State at 9 a.m., before taking the field against Eastern Michigan at 11:30 a.m.