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Badgers shut out at Michigan State, 8-0



April 2, 2011

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 Michigan State 8,  Wisconsin 0 (5 inn.)
Secchia Stadium • East Lansing, Mich.
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 • Jennifer Krueger: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 SB
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Wisconsin managed only one hit in losing at Michigan State, 8-0, in five innings on Saturday at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.

Cassee Layne threw her sixth shutout of the season for the Spartans (19-13, 1-2), while Cassandra Darrah suffered her toughest outing of the season for the Badgers (16-13, 0-3).

 Fast Facts
• Badgers shut out for second game in a row
• Massey logs lone UW hit
• UW extends walk and stolen base streaks

Layne yielded a lone single to Whitney Massey in the third inning as she struck out three. Conversely, Darrah lasted 4.2 innings as she surrendered a career-high eight runs, all of which were earned. She struck out five batters but also gave up a career-high eight walks and hit a batter.

Wisconsin's best scoring chance came in the second inning as Stephanie Peace ended up at third with two outs after she drew a walk, was sacrificed to second by Shannel Blackshear and moved up on Michelle Mueller's groundout. Peace was stranded at third though as Ashley Hanewich struck out looking.

The Badgers put two runners on in the third inning as Jennifer Krueger reached on a one-out fielder's choice and stole second before Kendall Grimm drew a walk. The inning ended though when Karla Powell grounded out to shortstop.

With the game still scoreless, a mental lapse cost the Badgers in the bottom of the third.

The Spartans loaded the bases with one out thanks to a walk, a single and another walk. Brett Williams stepped into the box and popped a pitch softly in front of the plate. Neither Darrah nor catcher Maggie Strange made an attempt on the ball as it landed fair and rolled back foul. That came back to haunt UW as Williams drove the next pitch in to right field to score the first two runs of the game.

Michigan State ended the game with six runs in the bottom of the fifth, all of which came with two outs.

With runners on second and third and two outs, Ali Grant singled to right field to make it 4-0. Heidi Purtzer was then hit by a pitch and Kylene Hopkins walked to load the bases. Mary Kate DiVirgilio drew a pinch-hit walk to bring in the fifth run of the game before Jessica Bracamonte singled up the middle to drive in two more runs.

Amanda Najdek came on in relief of Darrah but, on her second pitch, Lindsey Hansen singled through the left side to plate the winning run.

Despite managing the one hit, Wisconsin was able to continue its keen eye at the plate by drawing four walks. That marks the sixth straight game UW has walked at least three times and the 29th free pass in the last seven games. The Badgers' streak is just two games off the school record of eight set in 2000.

Another streak was kept alive in the third inning on Krueger's Big Ten-leading 25th stolen base of the year. The senior's swipe marked the 12th game in a row the Badgers recorded a steal, extending their school record. Adding Michelle Mueller's steal in the fourth inning, UW has now picked up 28 stolen bases on 36 attempts in the 12-game streak, a success rate of 77.8 percent.

With her steal, Krueger is now just four stolen bases off the single-season UW record, which she set last season.

The series between Wisconsin and Michigan State concludes on Sunday with first pitch coming at 12 p.m. (CT).

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