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Badgers cruise past Northwestern in home-opener



March 31, 2012

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  Wisconsin 12,  Northwestern 4
Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis.
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 NU 1 0 3 0 0 0 4
9 5
3 2 0 0 5 2 12 15
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W Najdek (3-0) 6.0 9 4 4 4 1
L Lamberth (5-8) 1.0 5 4 3 0 0
 Batting Leaders
 • Shannel Blackshear: 3-for-4, 1 Run, 1 RBI
 • Stephanie Peace: 3-for-4, 1 Run, 1 RBI
 • Michelle Mueller: 3-for-3, 2 Runs, 1 RBI
  Northwestern 10, Wisconsin 6
Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis.

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 NU 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 4 10
 11 0
2 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 6 3 0
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W Lamberth (6-8) 1.2 0 0 0 0 1
L Darrah (9-6) 8.0 11 10 10 3 10
 Batting Leaders
 • Michelle Mueller: 3-for-2, 1 Run
 • Stephanie Peace: 1-for-2, 1 RBI

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin won its home-opener on Saturday afternoon against Northwestern in strong offensive fashion, winning 12-4 in six innings. Amanda Najdek improved to 3-0 with the win, only allowing four runs on nine hits.

In the second game of the day, Wisconsin fell 10-6 in extra innings against the Wildcats following a grand slam from Marisa Bast in the top of the eighth.

With the split, Wisconsin moves to 14-11 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. Northwestern is 13-18 overall, 1-4 in the Big Ten. The two teams will decide the series on Sunday at 2 p.m. live on the Big Ten Network.

Wisconsin’s bats started fast in the first game, with a bunt single from Maria Van Abel. After stealing second, Whitney Massey hit an RBI double to tie the game at 1-1. With a single into left by Kendall Grimm and an error by the left fielder, Mari Majam, Molly Spence and Massey scored to give the Badgers an early 3-1 lead.

The second inning started with a double by Michelle Mueller, who scored off another double by Mary Massei. An error by Northwestern’s third basemen allowed Van Able to score Massei and advance to second on a sac bunt. Wisconsin led 5-1 after two innings.

Northwestern scored three runs in the third inning with singles from Bast, Olivia Duehr and Edwards to get within one run, 5-4.

The fifth inning was a big one for Wisconsin, scoring five runs on four hits and two Wildcat errors. Mueller tacked on an RBI with a single, as did Van Abel with a sac bunt. Three of the five runs were unearned in the fifth inning.

The game ended early with a two-run sixth-inning, as Marissa Mersch recorded a pinch-hit triple to score Blackshear. Peace singled to center to end the game at 12-4.

Mueller went 3-for-3 in the first game with one RBI. Blackshear went 3-for-4, scoring one run for the Badgers. Peace also went 3-for-4, with one RBI and one run scored.

The win marked the Badgers’ first run-rule victory over Northwestern in program history.

The second game of the day was a thriller, as the Badgers rallied back in bottom of the seventh inning after being down 6-4. It all started with Spence getting hit by a pitch to get on base, followed by a walk from Blackshear. Grimm advanced the runners to second and third, leaving first base open for Peace. Peace earned the walk to load the bases. Maggie Strange followed with a walk, scoring Spence from third and bringing the game within one, 6-5.

A pitching change by Northwestern was followed by a hit batter, tying the game 6-6.

The game was decided in the top of the 8th inning, when Bast hit a grand slam over the left field fence to give the Wildcats a 10-6 lead. The Badgers tried to rally back, but went down 1-2-3 to end the game.

Wisconsin started off the second game where the first game ended, scoring two runs in the first inning off of walks and a wild pitch. Wisconsin earned a season-high 12 walks on the game and four players were hit by a pitch. 

The Badgers tacked on one run in the second inning with Mueller stealing home. In the third, Peace hit an RBI single up the middle to score Grimm and give the Badgers a 5-3 lead.

Darrah suffered the loss, moving to 9-6. She recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts on the game.

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