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Northwestern's offense too much for Wisconsin



April 1, 2012

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  Northwestern 8, Wisconsin 3
Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis.
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W Lamberth (7-8) 7.0 7 3 3 4 0
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 • Mary Massei: 1-for-3, 1 Run, 1 BB
 • Molly Spence: 1-for-1, 1 Run, 1 RBI
 • Shannel Blackshear: 1-for-2, 2 RBI
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MADISON, Wis.--One big inning by Northwestern was all it took, as the Wildcats defeated the Wisconsin softball team, 8-3, in Madison Sunday afternoon.

Wisconsin (14-12 overall, 3-3 Big Ten) couldn't overcome a six-run fifth inning from Northwestern (14-18, 2-4), which all started out with Mari Majam's walk. A three-run homer from pinch-hitter Amy Letourneau put the Wildcats up 4-0.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers fall to 3-3 in Big Ten play
• No strikeouts were recorded by either team
• UW returns home on Friday, April 6 to play Minnesota

Olivia Duehr followed the home run with a double, which took UW starting pitcher Amanda Najdek out of the game, replaced by Cassandra Darrah. With RBI singles from Meghan Lamberth and Majam, the Wildcats found themselves up 7-0. 

The Badgers tried to rally back in the bottom of the fifth, starting the inning off with a walk by Karla Powell. Kendall Grimm hit an infield single to move Maggie Strange, who ran for Powell, to second base. After a single by Mary Massei, Molly Spence followed with an RBI single to get the Badgers on the board, 7-1.

Shannel Blackshear pitched in with a two-RBI stand-up double and the Badgers were down just three runs, 7-3.

The Wildcats posted a run in the sixth and the Badgers were unable to score in the final two innings, ending the game in favor of Northwestern, 8-3.

Najdek went four and two-thirds innings, giving six earned runs on five hits and four walks. Darrah allowed one earned run after facing four batters. Meghan McIntosh came into the game in the sixth inning, giving up two hits and one earned run.

For Northwestern, Lamberth pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits and three earned runs along with four walks. No pitcher from either side recorded a strikeout in the seven innings played.

Wisconsin travels down to Chicago to face UIC and Loyola, April 3-4, before heading back to Goodman Diamond for a three-game series against Minnesota April 6-7. First pitch against the Gophers is set for 1 p.m. on Friday, April 6.

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