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Badgers finish 4-0 in Los Angeles with win over LMU



March 16, 2011

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  Wisconsin 6,  Loyola Marymount 3
Smith Field • Los Angeles, Calif.
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Wisconsin softball team (12-7) made it a perfect 4-0 at the Marina International Hotel Showcase with a 6-3 win over host-Loyola Marymount (7-15) on Wednesday afternoon.

With the win, the Badgers extend their winning streak to six games, their longest since they tied a school record with eight straight wins from May 1-13, 2005.

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• Badgers finish 4-0 at Marina International Hotel Showcase
• Six-game winning streak is longest since 2005
• Blackshear and Massey each homer in win over LMU

Cassandra Darrah continued her solid freshman campaign by throwing her seventh straight complete game and improving her record to 8-1. She gave up six hits, three runs, two earned runs, and five walks while striking out seven.

One day after rallying to beat LMU, 2-1, the Badgers again found themselves trailing early to the host team.

Brittany Pereda hit her first home run of the season for the Lions in the second inning, but Wisconsin came back in the bottom of the inning to tie it up.

With one out, Michelle Mueller singled through the left side and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Whitney Massey. Jordan Skinner followed with a single to left field to put runners on the corners with two outs. Kendall Grimm knotted the game up with an infield single, bringing home Mueller.

One inning later, Wisconsin would use a two-out rally to take a lead it would not relinquish.

After two batters were retired, Karla Powell reached on a throwing error by LMU third baseman Skylar Segura. Abby Gregory pinch ran for Powell and stole second. Shannel Blackshear batted next but fell behind in the count, 0-2. Despite the pitcher's advantage, Blackshear went the opposite way with the pitch and hit her third home run of the season to give UW a 3-1 lead. All three of Blackshear's home runs have come in the last five games.

In the fifth inning, Wisconsin padded its lead with two more runs.

Stephanie Peace led off by hitting a grounded to shortstop that Sam Fischer booted for an error. Peace then stole second and ended up scoring on a throwing error on Jennifer Krueger's single. Krueger ended up at second on the play before scoring herself two batters later on an RBI single Powell.

Whitney Massey hit her first home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth with a shot to straight-away center field, but UW's sixth run was sandwiched by a pair of scoring threats from Loyola Marymount.

The Lions scored twice in the top of the sixth to cut into Wisconsin's lead, but the damage could've been worse.

Samantha Nelson walked to lead off the inning and scored as Jennifer Nayudu's single to left field was misplayed by Mary Massei. Nayudu finished at second on the play and gained third as Danielle Smith followed with an infield single. A walk to Amy Charpentier loaded the bases with no outs, but Darrah got one back by striking out Fischer.

An infield single brought home the second run of the inning, but Darrah struck out Stephanie Hughes for the second out and then got Pereda to pop out to shortstop to leave the bases full.

Following Massey's home run, LMU threatened again in the seventh.

With one out, Segura walked and took second on Nayudu's single. Meghan Harman then drew a pinch-hit walk to loaded the bases with one out and LMU trailing 6-3. Loyola Marymount would get no closer however as Charpentier was ruled out on an infield fly and Fischer popped out to second for the game's final out.

The Badgers play next on Thursday at the San Diego Classic. Wisconsin plays HJarvard at 6:30 p.m. (CT) after defeating the Crimson 5-2 on Tuesday.

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