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Dandy dozen: Badgers run win streak to 12 with sweep

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Purdue Wisconsin vs. Purdue
Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 471

Game 1: Box Score  |  Box Score Get    Acrobat  Reader  |  Photo Gallery
Game 2: Box Score  |  Box Score Get    Acrobat  Reader


 Game 1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
 3 0
1 0 0 1 0 0 X 2 5
W Stewart (12-5) 7.0 3 1 1 2 2
L Fecho (19-12) 6.0 5 2 2 2 2
S None
 Batting Leaders
 • Michelle Mueller: 2-2, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
 • Maria Van Abel: 1-2, R
 • Mary Massei: 1-3
 Game 2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 1 1 0 3 0 0 5
5 5
3 0 0 1 2 0 X 6 10
W Darrah (17-10) 7.0 6 5 4 3 4
L Whittemore (2-3) 0.2 3 3 2 1 0
S None
 Batting Leaders
 • Chloe Miller: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI
 • Mary Massei: 2-4, RBI
 • Stephanie Peace: 2-3, 2 R, BB

April 25, 2014

MADISON, Wis. -- As comfortable as Wisconsin looked playing with the lead, the Badgers turned out to be equally equipped to come from behind.

The Badgers ran their win streak to 12 straight Friday by sweeping a doubleheader from Big Ten rival Purdue with a pair of one-run wins at Goodman Diamond.

Seven strong innings from Taylor-Paige Stewart and a pair of RBIs from Michelle Mueller gave Wisconsin an early lead it never relinquished in a 2-1 win in Game 1.

The nightcap, however, proved to be yet another test of the Badgers' mettle. They passed by staging a terrific two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth, overcoming a late Purdue homer by plating a pair of runs to grab a 6-5 victory.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers run win streak to 12 straight games
• Mueller goes 3-for-5 with 3 RBI in doubleheader
• Pitchers Stewart, Darrah combine for sweep

The sweep helped Wisconsin (29-15, 11-5 Big Ten) move ahead of Purdue (25-24-1, 12-7) in the conference standings. The Badgers' 11 Big Ten wins is already tied for the third-most in school history, with six conference games remaining on the schedule.

UW will have a chance to match its school record of 13 straight wins -- which it set last season -- when the Badgers and Boilers tangle again at 1 p.m. Saturday in the second annual #GetToGoodman game.

"I don't think there's stress," UW head coach Yvette Healy said of keeping the Badgers' winning ways going. "The fact is, Purdue hadn't lost a series yet. To be able to come in on Friday night and take the series the first day is really important to us."

Game 1
Stewart wasn't perfect in the circle, but the sophomore was close enough that a pair of Mueller hits were all the Badgers needed to open Friday's doubleheader with a win.

Called upon to start the first game, a spot usually reserved for senior Cassandra Darrah, Stewart scattered three hits and gave up a single run on her way to a complete-game victory, while Mueller drove in a pair of runs to extend Wisconsin's win streak to 11 in a row.

"It's definitely a different mindset that you get prepared for, but at the end of the day you get prepared for a game," Stewart said. "If you're pitching the first game you get to be super amped all day, whereas if you're pitching the second one you have to be composed.

"At the end of the day you're still just getting excited for whatever game you're throwing."

Mueller continued her own hot streak by putting the Badgers on top in the first inning with an RBI double to push across Maria Van Abel. UW looked to have doubled up its lead one batter later when Stephanie Peace flew out to deep right and advanced pinch-runner Marisa Gonzalez, who then scored on an errant Purdue throw, but an obstruction call wiped the run away.

There was no controversy when the Badgers got the tally back in the fourth inning, however, as Mueller led off the frame by smashing a solo home run to right field to give UW a 2-0 advantage.

That proved to be more than enough offense for Stewart. Perfect through 4 2/3 innings, Stewart didn't let the Boilermakers dent the scoreboard until the top of the seventh, when Maia Monchek stroked a two-out double that brought Katy McJunkin across to cut the Badgers' advantage in half.

Stewart responded by inducing a first-pitch pop-up from Paris Andrew to secure her 12th win of the season. That victory required her to out-duel Purdue's Lilly Fecho, who gave up five hits -- including just three after the first inning -- but was twice tagged for runs by Mueller.

"Stewart has been throwing really well," Healy said. "We know facing Nebraska and Michigan coming up it might be nice for her to match up in the first game and we wanted to get her ready for it.

"She came out really strong. We're really proud of that performance."

Game 2
A double-play ball provided an ominous start to the Badgers' half of the first inning, but one swing of Chloe Miller's bat ensured that Wisconsin wouldn't let Purdue starter Alex Whittemore off easy. Miller launched a home run to left center that also plated Mueller -- who reached for the fourth time in as many plate appearances -- and gave UW an early 2-0 lead.

The advantage became 3-0 when Stephanie Peace walked and used a pair of Boilermaker errors -- as well as a steal of third -- to score.

The problem for the Badgers was that Purdue had no plans of letting UW starter Darrah off easy, either.    

A Tori Chiodo solo home run in the third cut the Badgers' lead to 3-2, but Mueller got one back for Wisconsin when she flied out deep to center to score Katie Christner on a sacrifice fly.

The three-run bomb that Danielle Fletcher deposited far beyond the wall in left-center field in the fifth inning was tougher for UW to answer, however. The massive home run gave the Boilermakers their first lead at 5-4.

As it turned out, the Badgers were up to the challenge.

Wisconsin tied things up with a two-out rally in the sixth, as Christner legged out a ground ball to shortstop to reach when the throw was just wide of the bag for an error. That scored Peace, who had singled and eventually moved to third on a sacrifice by Van Abel.

Massei followed by stroking a solid single to right field that plated Christner to put the Badgers back on top, 6-5.

Darrah, shaking off the big inning the Boilers had put together at her expense in the fifth, responded by retiring Purdue in order in the top of the sixth.

The Boilers mounted one last rally in the seventh, with Andie Varsho lacing a leadoff double to left and moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by Katy McJunkin. Darrah answered by sending Chiodo down swinging and inducing a popup by Ashley Burkhardt to make it a dozen wins in a row for the Badgers.

Wisconsin and Purdue close the three-game series on Saturday at 1 p.m. It is the second annual #GetToGoodman game. Festivities will begin when gates open at noon and will continue throughout the duration of the event as part of Fan Appreciation Day. Games, prizes and new in-game elements will all be part of the fun. A special pregame ceremony will also take place prior to the game to honor the four seniors and their families.

In addition, free ice cream will be available to fans in attendance while supplies last courtesy of Schoep's Ice Cream.

Following the game, all children 12 and under will have the opportunity to go out onto the field and run the bases with the team. The team will also be available for signing autographs on the main concourse after the game.

Tickets for the general public will be available once doors open at the regular rates of $5 for adults and $2 for youth, UW students and seniors (55+). Groups of 15+ qualify for the group rate of $3 for adults and $1 for youth, UW students and seniors (55+). All seating is general admission and will be extended to outfield seating for this game.

Free parking for Saturday's game is available in lots 60 and 76. Due to the Crazylegs Classic race, parking in Lot 60 will not be available until approximately noon. Access to the Lot 76 ramp will be via the south entrance. Fans should approach the ramp using Highland Avenue.

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