March 16, 2013
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It took extra innings in game one and only five frames in game two, but the Badgers got their work done, defeating Ball State and Eastern Michigan at the Louisville Classic on Saturday.
Wisconsin (22-3) swept the action for the second-straight day, extending its winning streak to 10 games with an 8-7 win over Ball State and a 9-0 triumph over Eastern Michigan.
For the second-consecutive day, the Badgers found themselves down early. Ball State (11-10) struck first with a pair of runs on two hits in the bottom the first inning to take a quick 2-0 lead.
The Badgers cut into Ball State's lead with a run in the top of the third, but the Cardinals answered back with another run in the bottom of the inning.
A leadoff home run by Michelle Mueller in the fourth inning led to a pair of runs, but Ball State responded with a pair in the bottom of the inning to hold on to a 5-3 advantage.
UW added a run in the sixth, but it would take a big seventh inning for the Badgers to remain in the game. With a runner on first, Shannel Blackshear -- UW's career RBI leader --gave the Badgers a 6-5 lead with a two-run homer to center field.
Ball State wasn't ready to give up, posting a run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game and force extra innings.
UW was able to take advantage of a pair of hits and a Cardinals error to score two in the top of the eighth before securing a Ball State scoring threat -- and the win -- with a double play in the bottom of the extra inning.
Cassandra Darrah improved to 13-1 in eight innings of work. Darrah allowed seven runs, five earned, on 13 hits. She struck out five and walked five.
After playing extra innings in the day's first game, UW wasted no time in the second contest against Eastern Michigan (8-11). UW scored six runs on seven hits in the second frame to jump out to an early 6-0 lead.
A pair of runs in the third and another in the fifth gave the Badgers a quick 9-0 victory over the Eagles in five innings.
Taylor-Paige Stewart earned her fourth win of the season, pitching all five innings and allowing no runs on four hits. It was Stewart's fourth complete game and third shutout of the season.
The Badgers wrap up competition at the Louisville Classic on Sunday when they play tournament host and No. 11-ranked Louisville at 9 a.m. CT.