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UW uses small ball to tie school record with eighth straight win



March 18, 2011

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  Wisconsin 1, Cal State Northridge 0
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San Diego, Calif. -- The Wisconsin softball team's biggest power threat used a little small ball to help the Badgers make history on Friday at the San Diego Classic.

Karla Powell put down a squeeze bunt in the sixth inning of a scoreless game to give Wisconsin (14-7) a 1-0 victory over Cal State Northridge (10-14).

With the win, Wisconsin has now won eight straight games, tying the school record. It's the fourth time a UW team has won eight in a row and the first since 2005.

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• Badgers tie school record with 8-game win streak
• Darrah fires second shutout of season
• Powell records go-ahead RBI in sixth

After Wisconsin scored at least six runs in its previous three games, Friday's contest against the Matadors turned into a pitcher's duel.

Cassandra Darrah got the win for Wisconsin to improve to 9-1 after throwing her second shutout of the season. The freshman gave up just four hits in seven innings of work, while walking four and striking out two.

After five and a half scoreless innings, the Badgers scratched across the game's lone run in the bottom of the sixth.

Stephanie Peace led off the inning with a single. She then moved to third as Jennifer Krueger reached on a single and the pitcher, Hannah Fraijo, threw the ball away. Krueger then stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Mary Massei followed with a comeback to Fraijo. She came home, catching Peace in a rundown. Krueger was able to take third on the play and Massei hustled to second.

That brought up Powell, the team leader in home runs and slugging percentage. With a 2-0 count, Powell put down a squeeze bunt as Krueger raced home. Krueger slid in safely ahead of the flip from Fraijo.

The Badgers threatened to score earlier in the game in the second inning, but left a runner at third.

Shannel Blackshear led off with a single and was pinch run for by Abby Gregory. Michelle Mueller then sacrificed Gregory to second before Whitney Massey singled to center field to put runners on the corners with one out.

Kendall Grimm came up next and tried to lay down a squeeze bunt but missed. Gregory was caught in the rundown and eventually tagged out at third. Massey advanced to third on the play but was stranded there as Grimm struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Matadors' best chance to score came in the fourth inning when Mikayla Thielges delivered a two-out triple. Darrah survived the scare though by getting Korinne Randazzo to line out to Mueller at short.

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