Softball falls in extra innings to Penn State, 3-2


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March 27, 2011

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  Penn State 3, Wisconsin 2 (8 inn.)
Nittany Lion Softball Park • State College, Pa.
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L Darrah (10-3) 7.2 6 3 2 3 6
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 • Karla Powell: 1-1, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB
 • Stephanie Peace: 0-3, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 HBP
 • Shannel Blackshear: 0-1, 2 BB, 1 SH
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Badgers had only managed one hit, but clinging to a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning, it looked like they were going to escape State College with a series split against Penn State.

The Nittany Lions (15-11, 2-0) spoiled those plans though and rallied for a 3-2 win in extra innings at Beard Field at Nittany Lions Softball Park on Sunday to drop the Badgers to 0-2 in Big Ten play and 15-11 overall.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers take lead in extras, but foiled by PSU's rally
• Powell blasts team-leading sixth home run
• Powell also ties school record with three walks in game

Tied 1-1, Stephanie Peace was hit by a pitch with one out in the eighth inning and then stole second before Karla Powell and Shannel Blackshear drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. For Powell, the free pass was her third of the game, tying a school record.

Michelle Mueller then hit a fly ball into foul territory down the right field line. Alyssa Sovereign raced over to make the catch but her throw had no chance to get Peace at the plate.

Mueller's first sacrifice fly of her career gave UW a 2-1 lead, but Penn State came back in the bottom of the inning.

Things looked good to start the bottom of the eighth as catcher Whitney Massey made a great diving catch behind home plate for the first out. She raced back to the backstop and made a sliding catch just before crashing into the wall on Mary Ostman's pop up.

Cassidy Bell, who already doubled twice in the game, followed with Massey's fine defensive play with a walk. She advanced to second as Mueller was unable to cleanly field Peace's throw that bounced in the dirt off Lisa Akamine's grounder. Peace kept the game in the Badgers' favor when the next batter, Kailyn Johnson, grounded one to the hole at shortstop. Peace made a diving stop to keep Bell at third, but it loaded the bases with no outs.

Badger starter Cassandra Darrah, who suffered her second straight loss to drop to 10-3, got Danee Collett to strike out for the second out, but Massey was unable to hold on to the pitch and it went to the backstop to let Bell score from third. With runners then on second and third, Sovereign singled through the left side to plate the winning run in pinch runner Shannon Hutchinson.

Darrah took the hard-luck loss as she threw a career-high 7.2 innings. The freshman gave up six hits and three runs, two of which were earned. She also struck out six and walked three.

Just like in the series' opening game on Saturday, Penn State took a 1-0 lead after the first inning.

For the second game in a row, Bell led off the bottom of the frame with a double. After Darrah got Akamine to strike out, Johnson singled back up the middle allowing Bell to score the game's opening run.

Karla Powell tied the game in the fourth inning with the Badgers' lone hit of the game as she became the first player to clear the fences at the two-game-old stadium. She hit a towering shot over the 25-foot tall scoreboard in left field for her team-leading sixth home run of the year.

The Badgers had a chance to take a lead in the sixth inning, but stranded a pair of runners in scoring position.
Peace led off and reached on an error as her grounder went through the legs of third baseman Kasie Hatfield. Powell then drew a walk and both runners were advanced a base on Blackshear's sacrifice bunt. Peace and Powell were stranded though as Mueller struck out looking and Ashley Hanewich struck out swinging.

The Badgers return to action on Wednesday as they host Illinois-Chicago in UW's home opener. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. at Goodman Diamond.

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