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Clutch hitting gives Badgers first Big Ten win of season


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March 24, 2012

Game 1  |  Game 2

  Wisconsin 1,  Iowa 0
Pearl Field • Iowa City, Iowa
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 Pitchers
IP H R ER BB SO
W Darrah (8-4) 7.0 3 0 0 0 3
L Lyon (5-9) 7.0 5 1 1 1 3
 Batting Leaders
 • Kendall Grimm: 1-for-2
 • Mary Massei: 1-for-3, 1 RBI
 • Karla Powell: 1-for-1
  Iowa 4, Wisconsin 3
Pearl Field • Iowa City, Iowa

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 Pitchers
IP H R ER BB SO
W Massey, K. (6-7) 7.0 5 3 3 3 4
L Darrah (8-5) 6.0 7 4 1 4 3
 Batting Leaders
 • Mary Massei: 1-for-2, 1 RBI
 • Kendall Grimm: 1-for-1, 1 Run

IOWA CITY, Iowa --A clutch double by Mary Massei scored the game’s only run as the Wisconsin softball team opened Big Ten Conference play with a 1-0 win over Iowa at Pearl field in Iowa City, Iowa Saturday afternoon.

“It’s always great to come out and get the first ‘W’,” said Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy. “We were happy for the team to win the opening game. It is always something special to start off the (Big Ten) season that way.”

Iowa (11-16 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) rallied back for a 4-3 win in the day’s second game, giving the Badgers (12-10, 1-1) a split on opening day. The teams will meet to decide the series on Sunday at 2 p.m.

After two scoreless innings, Kendall Grimm led off the top of the third with a bunt single. Maria Van Abel followed with a bunt and the Hawkeyes got the out at second. With a runner on first, Massei stepped in and doubled off the left field wall to score the one and only run of the game.

UW starting pitcher Cassandra Darrah shut down the Iowa sticks, limiting the Hawkeyes to just three hits to earn the complete-game, shut out win. Darrah pitched all seven innings, striking out three with no walks.

Iowa’s starting pitcher Chelsea Lyon pitched all seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits.

After a strong performance in the first game, Darrah made the start in the second game of the doubleheader.

“Cassandra (Darrah) threw great, really limiting the hits,” Healy continued. “She was so sharp and so much more improved from last season.”  

For the second time of the day, the Badgers struck first with a run in the top of the third. Iowa tied the game up in the bottom of the inning and the game remained tied until the sixth.

A leadoff single by Grimm, followed by a walk by Mary Massei and a bunt single by Van Abel loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored the first run of the inning. A single by Whitney Massey scored the second run and gave the Badgers a 3-1 lead.

Iowa rallied back in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of an error and UW misplay to score tie the game, 3-3. With the bases loaded, Liz Watkins was hit by a pitch to give the Hawkeyes a 4-3 lead and score the game winning run.

Darrah suffered the loss, pitching six complete innings and giving up four runs, one earned, on seven hits. Kayla Massey earned the win for the Hawkeyes, holding Wisconsin to three runs on five hits.

 

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