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Badgers shut out Illinois for school record ninth-consecutive win



April 14, 2012

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  Wisconsin 8, Illinois 0
Eichelberger Field • Urbana, Ill.
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 WIS 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 8
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W Darrah (15-6) 7.0 6 0 0 2 2
L Gay (12-11) 5.0 4 4 2 3 4
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 • Kendall Grimm: 2-for-2, 3 Runs
 • Whitney Massey: 1-for-3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
 • Shannel Blackshear: 1-for-4, 1 Runs, 1 RBI
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URBANA, Ill. -- Timely hits, strong pitching and errorless defense led the Wisconsin softball team to an 8-0 win over Illinois Saturday night. The win was the ninth-straight for the Badgers, setting a school record for most consecutive wins.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers win ninth-consecutive game
• Darrah pitches 17th complete game of season
• Wisconsin & Illinois will play doubleheader on Sunday

Wisconsin scored two runs in the third inning, two in the fifth and four in the seventh to improve to 23-12 on the season (7-3 Big Ten). Despite recording six hits, Illinois was unable to find its way past third base, falling to 17-19 on the season (2-8 Big Ten).

"It was a great game tonight," said head coach Yvette Healy. "To go to Illinois and play on the road in the Big Ten is always tough. Illinois has some of the best pitching around, so I was really proud of our group.

"We had a game plan to try and pressure and put the ball in play and make things happen. We were able to do that and get some big hits when we needed it. Cassandra (Darrah) did a great job on the mound. Anytime you can throw a shutout against a great offensive team like Illinois is special."

Illinois threated in the first inning, but a big defensive play by UW first baseman Michelle Mueller ended the inning.  Mueller caught Jess Perkins too far off of third base following an infield single by Jackie Guy to end the inning.

A one-out walk by Maria Van Abel got the Badgers going in the third inning. Mary Massei laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Van Abel to second and set up a scoring opportunity for Kendall Grimm. Grimm was hit by a pitch and Whitney Massey came up big with a double to center field to score the Badgers' first two runs.

Wisconsin put together another big inning in the fifth to score two more runs. With two outs and the bases loaded, a ground ball by Marissa Mersch back to the pitcher was thrown into the dirt, allowing the Badgers to score two unearned runs.

The Badgers took advantage of another Illinois error to score four runs in the seventh. A double by Shannel Blackshear scored two runs, a single by Stephanie Peace scored the third and a double by Mueller scored the fourth.

Cassandra Darrah earned her 15th win of the season in her 17th complete game of the year. Darrah scattered six hits in seven innings of work, walking two and striking two.

Wisconsin and Illinois will continue Big Ten play on Sunday with a doubleheader starting at noon. Fans can follow along live at UWBadgers.com with the live Gameday Blog and live stats.

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