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Badgers drop Big Ten opener to Nittany Lions, 8-5



March 26, 2011

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  Penn State 8,  Wisconsin 5
Nittany Lion Softball Park • State College, Pa.
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STATE COLLEGE, PA. -- The Wisconsin softball team jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings but couldn't hang on in its 8-5 loss to Penn State (14-11, 1-0) in the 2011 season Big Ten opener and the first game at Nittany Lions Softball Stadium.

The Badgers fall to 15-10 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten with the loss, extending their losing streak in Big Ten openers to six games.

 Fast Facts
• Massei drives in career-high 4 RBI, team-leading third triple
• Darrah yields career-high 7 ER
• UW extends losing streak to six in Big Ten openers

Pitcher Cassandra Darrah (10-2) suffered her second loss of the season in 5.2 innings of work. The freshman allowed a career-high seven earned runs on eight hits.

Penn State captured the early lead in the bottom of the first, but UW bounced back with four runs in the top of the second to pull ahead.

After Stephanie Peace was awarded first after she was hit by Jackie Hill's pitch, Kendall Grimm's reached on an error by third baseman PSU's Lauren Rossi. With Peace on second and Grimm on first, Jordan Skinner drew a walk to load the bases. Following a strikeout by Whitney Massey, Jennifer Krueger tied the game at 1-1 with a bases-loaded walk. Freshman Mary Massei then came up big with her team leading third triple of the season, lining one past second base and into right field to clear the bases and give UW the 4-1 lead.

Penn State rallied with three runs of its own in the third to tie the game at 4-4.

With one out and Cassidy Bell on second, Lisa Akamine grounded to shortstop Michelle Mueller, but Mueller's throw was too low for Stephanie Peace at first base and it allowed Bell to score from second. Following a walk to Kailyn Johnson, Danee Collett's reached on a fielder's choice as Mueller fielded a grounder and threw to Shannel Blackshear at third to get the lead runner. The Badgers were nearly out of the inning as Alyssa Sovereign followed with a fly ball to left field, but Massei lost the ball in the sun and both runners were able to come home to tie the game up.

The Badgers tacked on another run in the top of the fourth, as Massei doubled on a 3-2 pitch to score Jennifer Krueger from second. Massei's RBI double earned her a career-high four RBI on the day, while giving Wisconsin the lead 5-4.

Penn State answered back in the bottom of the fifth as Akamine tied things up with a liner to left center. Krueger and Massei collided trying to get the out, giving Akamine an inside-the-park home run.

Penn State secured the victory in the bottom of the sixth with three runs.

Sovereign got things started with a leadoff double. Lauren Yao sacrificed Sovereign to third before Kasie Hatfield delivered the eventual winning run with a bloop single that landed in shallow center field. After pinch hitter Liz Presto reached first on a throwing error by Skinner, Meghan Mcintosh came in on relief for Darrah.

McIntosh hit Mary Ostman with a pitch and Bell followed by lining one into the gap in right center, allowing Hatfield and Presto to score and putting Penn State up 8-5.

The Badgers had a chance to answer back in the top of the seventh loading the bases with two outs. Whitney Massey couldn't come through with the big hit though as she struck out to end the game.

Wisconsin aims for a split in the series finale on Sunday. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. (CT).



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