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Lucky seven: Badgers extend winning streak with sweep of Green Bay

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Green Bay Wisconsin vs. Green Bay
Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 436

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 Game 1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
2 0 0 1 4 1 0 8
 14 1
1 0 1 1 0 1 5 9 12
W Darrah (14-10) 7.0 14 8 7 2 2
L Nanneman (5-5) 6.2 11 7 6 3 3
 Batting Leaders
 • Katie Christner: Double, triple, three RBI
 • Mary Massei: Two hits, game-winning Hit
 • Chloe Miller: Two hits, three RBI
 Game 2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
6 2
0 0 0 1 4 0 X 5 8
W Stewart (10-5) 7.0 6 2 2 2 7
L Sanderson (4-3) 5.0 6 5 2 2 4
 Batting Leaders
 • Michelle Mueller: Home run, three RBI
 • Marissa Mersch: Two hits, three stolen bases
 • Ashley Van Zeeland: Two hits, stolen base

April 16, 2014

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin swept its third series in a row Wednesday against Green Bay at Goodman Diamond, coming back from down four runs in the seventh inning to steal Game 1, 9-8, on a Mary Massei walk-off single and completing the sweep with a 5-2 victory in the nightcap.

“Everybody is feeling good,” UW head coach Yvette Healy said. “There are multiple people that are contributing. Michelle (Mueller) is on a tear and Mary is really getting it done in a clutch way, so it’s fun to see multiple people doing exciting things.”

 Fast Facts
• Badgers won their seventh game in a row
Michelle Mueller hit two home runs to bring her total up to 10
• UW picked up its second walk-off win in the past week

Trailing 8-4 heading into the final frame of Game 1, the Badgers (24-15) strung together a combination of timely hits and solid base running to win in dramatic fashion.

With a new pitcher, Lauren Danner, in the circle for Green Bay (16-9), Mueller walked to lead off the inning, which Stephanie Peace followed with a double to left field.

Looking at two runners in scoring position and noticing home run-threat Chloe Miller up to the plate next was enough for the Phoenix coaching staff to pull Danner and re-enter starting pitcher Ashley Nannemann to try and shut the door.

But Miller thought otherwise, smashing UW’s second-straight double into right center field to bring the game within two runs.

Marissa Mersch went to the opposite field for a base hit, which put runners on first and third with no outs. Ashley Van Zeeland brought the Badgers within one run when she sacrifice bunted Mersch to second base, plating Miller from third.

Katie Christner stepped to the plate, having singled and tripled already in the game, and drilled a double off the left field fence, missing a home run by just inches, which brought Mersch around to knot the score at eight.

Megan Tancill moved Christner to third on a groundout to the second baseman, giving Massei the opportunity to be the hero.

The Chino Hills, Calif., product took no time in singling down the right field line to complete the comeback and notch Wisconsin’s second walk-off win in a week.

“I was just really thinking, ‘This is what I’m here for,’” Massei said. “We work hard every single day and we lift each other up. I’m ready for anyone else to get it when they’re up. When you step into the box you just need to have that mindset that you’re going to get it done.”

Despite allowing a career-high 14 hits, Cassandra Darrah kept her squad in it for seven innings, striking out two and walking two. The win marked her 14th of the season.

Wisconsin played come-from-behind in the second game, using a four-run fifth inning to jolt ahead and never look back.

The Badgers capitalized on two errors and a couple stolen bases in the inning to score Maria Van Abel and set up a three-run home run by Mueller—her team-leading 10th of the season and sixth in seven games.

“I’m just really comfortable (at the plate),” Mueller explained. “I’ve been working on a lot of mental things: breathing, just getting a focus point. It gives me confidence when the girls say, ‘We just want to pass it on to you.’ And to have runners on base with the opponent already a little bit worried about other players like Mary and Steph, it really just makes you comfortable and confident in yourself.”

When asked if being named Big Ten Player of the Week, Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week and USA Softball National Player of the Week has set in yet, she replied with a huge grin, “I don’t think so.”

“It’s unreal. If you would’ve asked me if I ever thought this could happen, I would’ve said, ‘No.’”

Taylor-Paige Stewart pitched well in her 10th win of 2014, giving up six hits, striking out seven and walking a pair.

Healy was impressed with her team’s resilience on the field, which helped to extend Wisconsin’s longest win streak of the season to seven-straight.

“We’re proud,” she said. “We’ve had a couple of comeback wins since we’ve been (at Goodman) and throughout the season. I think the team showed a lot of composure. Everybody was just tough and focused and had good body language and energy, so that’s great leadership.”

Wisconsin will head to University Park, Pa., to face off in a three-game Big Ten conference series. The teams will play at 5 p.m. on Friday, followed by a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon.

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