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Badgers extend winning streak to seven, beat Crimson 7-4



March 17, 2011

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  Wisconsin 7, Harvard 4
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Wisconsin kept its winning streak going at the San Diego Classic Thursday, scoring the first seven runs of the game en route to a 7-4 victory over Harvard (7-5).

Wisconsin (13-7) is now riding a seven-game win streak, and the Badgers have won eight of their last nine contests. The win streak is the longest since UW tied a school record by winning eight games in a row from May 1-13, 2005.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers' winning streak at seven games
• McIntosh wins third straight decision
• Freshmen Massei and Mueller go 3-7 with 4 RBI, 3 R

Meghan Mcintosh improved to 5-6 on the year in her third complete game of the season. The sophomore gave up four runs with just one being earned. She also struck out five batters while walking four and giving up 10 hits.

Capitalizing on three Harvard errors in the first inning, UW was able to take an early four-run lead.

Jennifer Krueger led off the bottom of the first with a single and moved to second when third baseman Kasey Lange committed her first error of the inning to let Mary Massei reach. Before Karla Powell lined out to short, both runners were able to execute a double steal and move into scoring position.

With runners on second and third, Shannel Blackshear bunted but again Lange had trouble making the play and she committed her second error of the inning, allowing Krueger to score. Venessa Nunez pinch ran for Blackshear, stole second and then scored along with Massei when Michelle Mueller stepped up to the plate and drilled a two-run single up the middle. Mueller ended up at second on the play and came in to score when Kendall Grimm, who was hit by a pitch, tried to steal second. The throw ended up going in to right field enabling Mueller to come home from second.

Wisconsin tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the second.

Stephanie Peace led off with a single and hustled to third as Krueger followed with a single of her own. Both runners came in to score when freshman Mary Massei hit a ground rule double deep to center field, pushing Wisconsin's lead to 6-0. Powell then hit an RBI single to right field, plating Massei and allowing the Badgers to go up 7-0.

The Crimson made a three-run comeback in the top of the fourth, but the Badgers were able to avoid significant damage thanks to Blackshear's defensive efforts.

After a Mueller error, Stephanie Regan dropped one into left center to put Harvard's first two runners on base. Shortly after with a bases loaded situation, Alexander grounded to shortstop Mueller and the throw got past Peace at first base, allowing two Crimson runners to score. With runners on second and third, Shelbi Olson grounded an 0-2 pitch to Blackshear whose throw flew past Peace to give Harvard another run.

The Badgers were able to avoid further damage with the bases full when Blackshear caught an infield fly then recorded an unassisted double play as she caught a line drive then tagged out the runner on third.

Harvard added another run in the top of the sixth as Lange's two-out bases loaded single up the middle drove in one run, but Krueger fielded the single and threw out the trailing runner at home as Dana Rasmussen applied the tag.

The Badgers play next on Friday as they continue play in the San Diego Classic. Wisconsin first plays Cal-State Northridge at 4 p.m. (CT), followed by a 6:30 p.m. (CT) matchup against San Diego State.

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