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UW offense proves too much for Northern Colorado in 7-4 win



March 16, 2011

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  Wisconsin 7,  Northern Colorado 4
Smith Field • Los Angeles, Calif.
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LOS ANGELES -- After allowing Northern Colorado (1-19) to drive in three runs in the top of the first, Wisconsin (11-7) got its bats swinging and didn't look back, cruising to 7-4 victory over the Bears at the Marina International Hotel Showcase in Los Angeles, Calif.

The win was Wisconsin's fifth in a row, marking the team's longest winning streak since winning five straight from March 15-31, 2006.

The UW offense racked up 11 hits and three Badgers enjoyed multi-hit games.

Starting pitcher Megan McIntosh proved to be effective in the circle in five innings of work, scattering five hits, striking out three and allowing three runs, two of which were earned. She improves to 4-6 on the year with the win.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers push winning streak to five, longest since 2006
• UW falls behind 3-0, scores seven unanswered
• Krueger ties school record with three stolen bases in game

Just as soon as Northern Colorado went up 3-0 in the top of the first, Wisconsin answered back, tying it up at 3-3 in the bottom of the frame.
In the top of the first, Northern Colorado shortstop Megan Hamilton started things off  with a single. After a throwing error by Meghan Mcintosh, Kailee Vessey crushed a double to right field, giving the Bears a 2-0 lead. Following up Vesey's efforts was Kelli Henderson, who drove a single up the middle, giving Northern Colorado the 3-0 lead.

Jennifer Krueger started UW's comeback efforts in the inning by drawing a leadoff walk. With Mary Massei at the plate, Krueger stole second before Massei crushed an RBI triple to center field. With Massei on third, Shannel Blackshear drove a 2-2 pitch to the right field wall to earn an RBI double.

Venessa Nunez pinch ran for Blackshear and took third as Ashley Hanewich reached on a strikeout, wild pitch. Whitney Massey then drove in Nunez with a groundout to second. It was Nunez's first career run scored.

After tying it up, UW never looked back, tacking on four more runs for the seven-inning win.

Recording her second hit of the season, Dana Rasmussen continued UW's hot offensive streak in the bottom of the second with a one-out single. Rasmussen then followed up her hit with her first stolen base of the season with a head-first slide to second. After Stephanie Peace hit one up the middle, Rasmussen was able to slide around the tag at home to score the go-ahead run, giving UW the 4-3 lead.

Krueger singled to left field to put runners on the corners. Massei followed with a grounder and Peace was able to elude the tag on the throw home to make it 5-3.

Rasmussen came up big once again in the bottom of the third, singling up the middle to let Massey score to extend UW's lead to 6-3 after 3 innings.

After reaching first on an infield single in the bottom of the fourth, Jennifer Krueger tied her own school record for stolen bases in a game, swiping her third on the day. Krueger also had three stolen bases in a game against Boise State on Feb. 2nd, 2009.

UW tacked on the seventh and final run in the bottom of the fifth as Krueger hit a bases loaded single, her third hit of the day.

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