March 20, 2014
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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Trailing 2-1 with a runner on first base and down to its final out, the Wisconsin softball team had the right players coming up to bat. No. 2 hitter Maria Van Abel extended the inning with a slap single to third base, setting the stage for the Badgers' hottest hitter, Michelle Mueller.
Mueller delivered one of the biggest hits of the early season, ripping a double down the left field line to score Van Abel and Stephanie Peace. The 3-2 win gave UW a sweep of its doubleheader with Detroit and extended its winning streak to a season-high four games.
The nightcap began slowly, as neither team could push across a run over the first five innings. Detroit finally got on the board in the top of the sixth inning on a two-run homer. Wisconsin got one back in the bottom half of the frame, as Van Abel manufactured a run on an infield single, wild pitch, fielder's choice and sacrifice fly. That set the stage for the seventh inning heroics by Mueller.
Taylor-Paige Stewart tossed a complete game, allowing just three hits and striking out nine to improve her record to 5-4.
In the opening game, Cassandra Darrah tossed a no hitter as the Badgers won 8-0 in five innings. Wisconsin jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning, with Peace scoring on an error and Chloe Miller and Ashley Van Zeeland picking up RBI singles.
Van Zeeland picked up another RBI in the third inning, driving home Mueller with a single to left field. UW put up three more runs in the fourth inning before Peace ended the game with a double to centerfield to score Marissa Mersch in the bottom of the field.
Darrah struck out five and walked two and improved to 9-6 on the season.
Wisconsin now opens Big Ten play with a doubleheader vs. Northwestern on Friday, starting at 9 a.m., in Rosemont.