Badgers earn first Big Ten sweep of season with pair of wins over Minnesota


ON WISCONSIN
ON WISCONSIN

ON WISCONSIN

April 7, 2012

Game 1  |  Game 2 

  Wisconsin 5,  Minnesota 1
Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis.
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 MINN 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
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 WIS
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 Pitchers
IP H R ER BB SO
W Darrah (13-6) 7.0 5 1 1 3 5
L Moulton (15-10) 6.0 7 5 1 2 3
 Batting Leaders
 • Stephanie Peace: 2-for-3, 2 RBI
 • Shannel Blackshear: 1-for-2, 1 run, 1 RBI
 • Mary Massei: 1-for-4, 2 Runs
  Wisconsin 11, Minnesota 10
Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis. 

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 MINN 4 0 2 4 0 0 0 10
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 WIS
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 Pitchers
IP H R ER BB SO
W McIntosh (3-5) 6.1 7 6 6 2 5
L Moulton (15-11) 0.2 3 2 2 1 0
 Batting Leaders
 • Stephanie Peace: 4-for-4, 3 Runs, 1 RBI
 • Kendall Grimm: 3-for-4, 1 Run
 • Mary Massei: 3-for-5, 4 RBI

MADISON, Wis. -- With the biggest comeback in school history, Wisconsin earned the sweep against Minnesota on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Diamond, marking a six-game winning streak. Wisconsin won the day’s first game, 5-1, before rallying back to win, 11-10, in the second game of the doubleheader.

The eight-run rally gave the Badgers their 20th win of the season (20-12 overall, 6-3 Big Ten), while Minnesota suffered its 13th loss, falling to 21-13 (3-6).

The bases were loaded with two outs for junior third baseman Shannel Blackshear in the bottom of the seventh. With the score tied, 10-10, Blackshear hit a game-winning single to right field to score Maria Van Abel from third base.

Going into the bottom of the seventh, the Badgers were down three runs, 10-7. Wisconsin’s rally started with a double to center field by Stephanie Peace, who went 4-for-4 in the game and was just a triple short of the cycle.

The team played great small ball in the inning, capitalizing on singles and smart base-running to tie the game, 10-10, and force Minnesota to change pitchers in the middle of the inning.

Wisconsin found themselves down 10-2 going into the bottom of the fourth inning. Not going down without a fight, the Badgers rallied back to score four runs to start an eight-run rally. The rally started again with a double from Peace followed by a triple from Marissa Mersch. Wisconsin's offense forced Minnesota's starting pitcher Alissa Koch out of the game.

Amanda Najdek started the second game for Wisconsin, but got pulled quickly after Minnesota posted four runs in the first inning. Meghan McIntosh entered the game with two outs after Erica Meyer hit a solo home run. McIntosh got out of the inning with a groundout to shortstop.

McIntosh found her groove and retired nine-straight Gophers to end the game. The junior left-hander struck out five and gave up seven hits.

In the first game of the day, the Badgers got things rolling in the third inning. Maggie Strange led off with a walk and Kendall Grimm got hit by a pitch to put a runner in scoring position. With an error by Minnesota's second baseman, Mary Massei reached first and Strange scored from second base.

Shannel Blackshear hit an RBI single up the middle of the field to score Massei with two outs. Stephanie Peace hit a two RBI stand-up double to left field to bring the score to 4-0 at the end of the third inning.

Both teams scored in the fifth inning, as Dannie Skrove started off with a single for Minnesota. An RBI double by Bree Branchette gave the Golden Gophers their only run of the game.

In the bottom of the fifth, Massei led off with a single to right field. Massei was able to advance to third base on a throwing error by Minnesota after a ground ball by Whitney Massey. With a wild pitch from starting pitcher Sara Moulton, Massei scored and Wisconsin tacked on another run to go up 5-1.

The game ended in the top of the seventh inning, the last two outs recorded by Peace. She caught a routine line drive for the second out and then had a diving catch over second base to end the game.

Cassandra Darrah pitched her 15th complete game of the season, improving to 13-6.

Wisconsin wraps up its five-game home stand with a pair of games on Tuesday against Western Illinois. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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