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Home runs fuel Wisconsin doubleheader sweep at Loyola



April 4, 2012

Game 1  |  Game 2 

  Wisconsin 3,  Loyola 1
Loyola Softball Park • Chicago, Ill.
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 WIS 0 0 0 2 0 1 3
5 3
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4
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• Attendance: 144
W Darrah (11-6) 7.0 4 1 0 1 7
L Ciran (1-11) 5.0 5 3 3 6 1
 Batting Leaders
 • Stephanie Peace: 1-for-2, 1 Run, 1 RBI
 • Molly Spence: 1-for-3, 1 Run, 1 RBI
 • Whitney Massey: 1-for-2
  Wisconsin 8, Loyola 4
Loyola Softball Park • Chicago, Ill.

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 WIS 0 0 0 1 3 4 0 8
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1 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 4 1
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W Najdek (4-1) 5.0 2 2 2 1 4
L Gardner (6-5) 5.1 7 6 6 3 7
 Batting Leaders
 • Maria Van Abel: 3-for-3, 2 Runs
 • Whitney Massey: 1-for-4, 1 Run, 4 RBI
 • Molly Spence: 2-for-3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Smart base running and the long ball led to a pair of wins Wednesday evening as the Wisconsin softball team swept Loyola Chicago, 3-1 and 8-4, at Loyola Softball Park in Chicago, Ill.

In the day’s first game, the Badgers capitalized on a three-hit fourth inning to score two runs. Pinch runner Megan Tancill scored the game’s first run on an RBI double by Stephanie Peace. Peace worked her way around the bases and scored the second run of the inning on an RBI single to left field by Kendall Grimm.

Loyola posted a run in the bottom of the fifth, but a leadoff home run by Molly Spence in the top of the sixth gave the Badgers the insurance run they needed in the 3-1 win.

Cassandra Darrah recorded her 13th complete game and 11th win of the season, pitching seven complete innings, scattering four hits and striking out seven.

Wisconsin quickly went down 2-0 in the night cap after Loyola scored a run in the bottom of the first and another in the bottom of the second.

A leadoff single by Spence in the top of the fourth led the Badgers’ first run of the game. Spence scored on an RBI ground out by Shannel Blackshear.

Loyola took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two runs on a pair of hits.

Wisconsin cut the Ramblers’ lead to one in the fifth inning, scoring three runs on three hits. Spence recorded her second home run of the day, this time scoring two runs, and the Badgers capitalized on smart base running to score their third run of the inning.

One big swing by Whitney Massey in the top of the sixth gave the Badgers the win. With the bases loaded, Massey ripped a home run over the left field fence to give Wisconsin a four-run, 8-4, lead.

Meghan McIntosh pitched the first two innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits. Amanda Najdek entered the game in the third inning and pitched the final five innings. Najdek allowed two runs on two hits and struck out four to earn her fourth win of the year.

Wisconsin (17-12) out-hit Loyola (10-16) 14-8 in the two games, scoring 11 runs and committing three errors.

The Badgers return home to Madison on Friday, April 6, to face Minnesota in the first of a three-game Big Ten series. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Badgers and the Gophers conclude the series on Saturday, April 7, with a doubleheader starting at noon.

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