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Wisconsin completes historic sweep of Iowa


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April 27, 2011

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IOWA CITY, Iowa --A pair of two-out rallies gave Wisconsin a historic sweep in Iowa City. The Badgers scored three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth - all with two outs - to earn a 6-3 win over Iowa in game two of a doubleheader at Pearl Field.

The win, coupled with a 7-6 victory in game one, marks the first time in school history that Wisconsin swept a series at Iowa (26-19, 8-6). UW improves to 26-19 overall and 6-8 in the Big Ten, recording the most conference wins since the 2007 team also won six games within the conference.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers sweep Hawkeyes in Iowa City for first time
• Massei's 3-run HR in sixth serves as winning margin
• Darrah throws 4.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn win

Like in game one, Wisconsin had to rally for its win.

The first two innings passed without a run, but Iowa broke the scoring open in the third inning.

Michelle Zoeller led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Chelsey Carmody. Ashley Akers drew another walk to put two runners on for Katie Keim, who had already homered in game one. Keim drilled a pitch from UW starter Meghan McIntosh over the wall in left center to stake Iowa to a 3-0 lead.

The Badgers didn't let the deficit faze them though as they posted their 14th comeback win of the season. That ties the 2005 team for the most come-from- behind victories in a single season in school history.

Cassandra Darrah got the victory in relief for Wisconsin, improving to 14-7. That's the most wins in a season for a Wisconsin pitcher since Eden Brock won 15 games in 2007. Darrah threw the final 4.2 innings without giving up a run to the Hawkeyes. She yielded just three hits and struck out two while walking one.

The Badgers' rally started in the fifth inning as Jennifer Krueger, who went 3-3 on the day, drew a two-out walk. Karla Powell then lined a single to center field. Krueger hustled from first to third, prompting a throw. Powell moved up to second on the play, though Iowa third baseman Michelle Zoeller tried to throw her out. Zoeller's throw ended up in right field and Krueger came home to score the Badgers' first run.

Shannel Blackshear came up with Powell on a second and worked it to a full count. Blackshear drove the 3-2 pitch the opposite way over the wall in right field for her ninth home run of the season. The two-run shot, which tied Powell for the team lead with nine, knotted the game at 3-3.

Wisconsin used another two-out rally an inning later.

After two quick outs at second base, Maggie Strange reached on a single to the hole at shortstop. On the very next pitch, Michelle Mueller singled up the middle. Mary Massei then stepped into the box and got to a 2-0 count before hitting her second home run of the season. The shot to straight-away center field put Wisconsin up 6-3.

Iowa tried for a rally of its own in the bottom of the seventh, getting leadoff singles from Zoeller and Carmody. Darrah got the first out though by striking out Akers. Keim batted next, representing the tying run, but she lined right to Mueller at first base. Mueller caught the line drive and stepped on first for the unassisted, game-ending double play.

Wisconsin returns home to Goodman Diamond for a weekend series against No. 2 Michigan. Saturday's game starts at noon, while Sunday's game begins at 3 p.m. and airs live on the Big Ten Network.

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