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Badgers split home finale with No. 19 Nebraska

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neb Wisconsin vs. Nebraska
Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 271

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 Game 1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 4 0 3 5 X X 12  10 0 
0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 4 1 
W Lockman (18-4) 5.0 4 0 0 0 5
L Darrah (18-11) 5.0 10 12 12 3 1
 Batting Leaders
 • Michelle Mueller: One hit
 • Chloe Miller: One hit
 • Marissa Mersch: One hit
 Game 2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 2 0 0 2 0 0 4 10  2 
1 3 0 0 2 0 X 6 2
W Stewart (13-5) 7.0 10 4 4 4 3
L Edwards (19-10) 6.0 9 6 5 3 8
 Batting Leaders
 • Mary Massei: Three hits, two RBI
 • Chloe Miller: One run, two hits, four RBI
 • Maria Van Abel: One run, two hits, one walk

April 30, 2014

Final Stats

MADISON, Wis. -- Despite a loss in its first game of a doubleheader against No. 19 Nebraska, the Wisconsin softball team rallied to defeat the Cornhuskers, 6-4, in the Badgers’ home finale at Goodman Diamond on Wednesday.

“We said, ‘It doesn’t matter if they won 12 to nothing or one to nothing’,” Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy said. “The goal was to just be able to get a win. So we had missed our goals at that point. When you’re facing a team that’s ranked, if you take one [game], it’s a big deal. So we were just trying to keep focused on that.”

 Fast Facts
• UW won its fourth game against a ranked team
Mary Massei hit her program-leading 52nd double
• Badgers finished home slate with a 12-3 record

UW’s win against Nebraska in the second game marked the Badgers’ fourth against a ranked team this year, and the program’s third-ever triumph against the Cornhuskers.

The Badgers started the second game on a good note, scoring a run in the bottom of the first on a two-out RBI double from freshman catcher Chloe Miller. Wisconsin added three more runs in the second, including a two-run double from Mary Massei, the 52nd double of her career, setting a new Badger record. It was the first time Nebraska allowed a run in six games, dating back to April 18 in a 14-1 blowout of Ohio State.

Nebraska’s scoring came mostly courtesy of the long ball, as the Huskers scored their first run on a  home run from freshman third baseman MJ Knighton and tied the game thanks to a two-run blast in the fifth from Tatum Edwards.

But Wisconsin would prevail thanks to a two-run bomb to center by Miller in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead it would never relinquish.

“I was really ready to face Tatum Edwards,” Miller said. “We knew she threw a drop ball, and I was really prepared for that. Really, just visualizing. We come in here during a little game break, and we took a long time of it just visualizing. Visualizing hitting the ball, taking balls, swinging at good pitches.”

Taylor-Page Stewart improved to 13-5 on the season, as the sophomore allowed four runs on 10 hits and struck out three. The Calabasas, Calif., native was able to strand three NU runners in the final two innings to help the Badgers come away with the win.

The Cornhuskers, who lead the conference in home runs, hit three long balls, including two grand slams, in the first contest to run-rule the Badgers, 12-0.

Taylor Edwards, the conference’s leader in home runs, won a 16-pitch battle against Cassandra Darrah in the second inning to put Nebraska up 4-0 early. The senior catcher spoiled numerous pitches until she found one over the plate, poking it over the left center field wall for her 52nd career home run. The home run puts her just one back from the Nebraska record.

Taylor Edwards wasn’t the only tough out for Darrah, though, as the Cornhuskers seemingly fouled off pitch after pitch. The Wisconsin pitcher was forced to throw 122 pitches, 74 of those for strikes. Comparatively, Nebraska’s Emily Lockman threw just 81 pitches in the five-inning shutout.

Edward’s twin sister, Tatum, hit a two-run home run to cap off a three-run fourth inning before Hailey Decker hit the second grand slam of the game in the five-run fifth for the Cornhuskers.

“It was something to build on,” Healy said. “You look for every little part of it. And even with Darrah getting hit hard in that first game, I said, ‘Look, we’re facing Michigan this weekend. These are the best hitters in the country, and you’re facing two to three All-Americans in that lineup for this season for sure.’ So I don’t think it was us playing bad as much as it was them playing at the high level they’ve been playing at all year.”

Wisconsin will travel to Michigan next for a three-game series starting Friday, May 2, in the final regular season series of the year.

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