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Wisconsin goes the distance in sweep over Western Illinois



April 10, 2012

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  Wisconsin 12,  Western Illinois 11
Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis.
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 WIU 0 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 3 11
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W McIntosh (4-5) 1.1 3 3 1 3 4
L Bickford (8-8) 2.2 6 5 3 1 1
 Batting Leaders
 • Shannel Blackshear: 4-for-5, 2 Runs, 1 RBI
 • Whitney Massey: 3-for-4, 3 Runs, 2 RBI
 • Stephanie Peace: 2-for-4, 2 Runs, 4 RBI
  Wisconsin 7, Western Illinois 1
Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis. 

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 WIU 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
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W Darrah (14-6) 7.0 5 1 1 2 2
L Michelini (12-7) 5.0 6 3 3 1 0
 Batting Leaders
 • Michelle Mueller: 2-for-3, 2 RBI
 • Mary Massei: 2-for-4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI
 • Maggie Strange: 1-for-3, 1 Run, 1 RBI

MADISON, Wis. --A pair of come-from-behind wins capped off a five-game home stand for the Wisconsin softball team Tuesday evening.

The Badgers (22-12) defeated the Western Illinois Fighting Leathernecks (22-18) twice to mark their seventh and eighth consecutive wins, tying the longest win streak in school history.

Wisconsin won in comeback fashion in the first game of the doubleheader, 12-11, and posted a second come-from-behind victory in the second game, scoring seven unanswered runs to earn a 7-1 win.

In the day’s first game, a single in the bottom of the ninth by junior Maggie Strange tied the game, 11-11. The winning run, in the form of freshman Marissa Mersch, advanced on an error by Western Illinois' center fielder to make the score 12-11 in favor of the Badgers

The Badgers outlasted five errors in the game and came back from being down 7-1 in the third inning. Starting pitcher sophomore Cassandra Darrah started the game before being replaced by Amanda Najdek in the middle of the third inning. A three-run home run by Stephanie Peace gave Wisconsin life in the bottom of the third inning, getting the Badgers within three, 7-4.

With Najdek pitching three scoreless innings, the Badgers were able to pull ahead in the bottom of the sixth. It all started with a one-out walk by Strange, followed by an single by Maria Van Abel. An RBI double from Whitney Massey and Fighting Leatherneck errors gave Wisconsin an 8-7 lead after six innings.

Western Illinois was able to tie the game, 8-8, in the top of the seventh with an RBI single by second basemen Emma Jarrell. The Badgers couldn't get a hit in the bottom of the seventh and the game moved to extra innings.

A double by Western Illinois knocked Najdek out of the game in the eighth inning. Junior Meghan McIntosh threw one and one-third innings and earned the win, despite a three-run ninth inning by Western Illinois.

Wisconsin was down 11-8 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, but continued to fight. The rally started with a walk by Massey, followed by a double from Shannel Blackshear. The Badgers capitalized on singles and Leatherneck errors to win, 12-11.

Darrah took the mound in the second game of the doubleheader and only gave up one run to Western Illinois in the top of the third inning on an RBI triple from Leathernecks' catcher Lia Romeo.

Wisconsin proved to be relentless yet again, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Strange hit a solo home run to left-center field to tie the game at 1-1. An RBI double from Mary Massei gave the Badgers the lead and t with an RBI single from Blackshear put them up 3-1.

The Badgers’ offense came alive again in the bottom of the sixth with a lead-off double by Peace. Michelle Mueller followed it up with a two RBI triple after Mersch was hit by a pitch. Karla Powell hit a two RBI single to give the Badgers a 7-1 lead.

Darrah recorded her 16th complete game and improved to 14-6. The sophomore right-hander only allowed one run on five hits.

Wisconsin travels to Illinois this upcoming weekend, April 14-15 to take on the Fighting Illini in Big Ten Conference play. The three-game series will start with a Big Ten Network televised doubleheader on Saturday at 4 and 6 p.m.

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