Badgers thump Spartans to capture first Big Ten win


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April 3, 2011

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 Wisconsin 10, Michigan State 4
Secchia Stadium • East Lansing, Mich.
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L Wise (3-2) 1.2 6 7 2 0 3
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 • Shannel Blackshear: 1-3, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
 • Kendall Grimm: 2-3, 1 RBI, 2 R, 2B, 2 SB
 • Karla Powell: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- An eight-run sixth inning propelled Wisconsin to a 10-4 victory over Michigan State on Sunday at Secchia Stadium, giving the Badgers (17-13, 1-3) their first Big Ten win of the season.

It was a cold afternoon with bouts of rain and snow off and on. In fact, the game was delayed an hour and 15 minutes before the first pitch and an hour and 34 minutes in the top of the second inning.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers earn first Big Ten win of the season
• Najdek goes six innings in relief to get first career win
• Blackshear homers after lengthy weather delay

Initially, it was the Spartans (19-14, 1-3) who thrived in the unfavorable elements.

With one out in the first inning, Meghan Mcintosh recorded back-to-back walks to put runners on first and second for Lauren Kramer. On a 2-1 pitch, Kramer went the opposite way and hit it off the left field foul pole to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead.

After the home run, McIntosh recorded back-to-back walks again, prompting a pitching change. Freshman Amanda Najdek came in for the sophomore and was brilliant in relief as she picked up the first win of her career.

Throwing a career-high six innings, Najdek gave up just one run and five hits while striking out four and walking five.

Najdek made an immediate impact as she closed the door on the first inning without giving up another run to the Spartans. She tagged out Brett Williams between third and home to get the second out and then got Kylene Hopkins to ground out to first to end the threat.

In the top of the second, Michigan State starter Cassee Layne struck out Stephanie Peace for her fourth strikeout in as many batters. But as Shannel Blackshear batted next, the umpires called for the tarp to be brought on to the field. It would be one hour and 34 minutes before play resumed and Blackshear had to step back in after the lengthy delay facing a 1-2 count.

The delay didn't faze the sophomore though as she smacked her sixth home run of the season to straight-away center field on a 2-2 pitch, cutting the deficit to 3-1. The shot turned the momentum and set the stage for UW's 10th comeback win of the season.

After the next three innings passed scoreless, Wisconsin exploded for eight runs in the top of the sixth to break the game wide open. It was the most runs scored by the Badgers in an inning since plating 10 in the sixth inning at Green Bay on March 31 of last season.

The frame started with a single for Karla Powell. She was then pinch run for by Abby Gregory, who was sacrificed to second by Peace. Blackshear then walked and was pinch run for by Venessa Nunez.

The walk chased away Layne who, after shutting out the Badgers on Saturday, gave up three runs, two of which were earned. She also gave up four hits and walked two but failed to record another strikeout after the initial four.

Wisconsin capitalized on the pitching change immediately as Michelle Mueller singled through the right side to drive in Gregory and cut the lead to one. The Badgers tied the game up as Jayme O' Bryant was unable to field Kendall Grimm's grounder, letting Nunez score from third on the error.

Grimm stole second to put runners on second and third and UW took the lead as Maggie Strange's push bunt got past Wise, plating Mueller. Following a strikeout by Ashley Hanewich, both Grimm and Strange came around to score as Wise threw wildly to first on Jennifer Krueger's grounder.

After ending up at second, Krueger came around to score on Whitney Massey's single to right field. Powell came to bat again and, after starting the inning with a single, doubled off the wall in left field to make it 8-3. Michigan State's third error of the inning allowed Powell to score and push the lead to 9-3 as Peace reached safely on Heidi Purtzer's throwing error at first base.

Wisconsin added a 10th and final run in the seventh as Grimm doubled, stole third and came around to score on Hanewich's double to right field.

The Badgers now return to Goodman Diamond for a seven-game homestand beginning on Tuesday against Notre Dame. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. (CT).

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