MADISON, Wis. -- With a shutout and a come-from-behind win, the Badgers earned a non-conference sweep over Green Bay Wednesday afternoon at Goodman Diamond. Cassandra Darrah earned her ninth shutout of the season in a 4-0 game one win. The Badgers bounced back in game two, winning 5-2 and recording their 13th-straight home victory.
• Massei records two triples
• Najdek earns first save of the season
• Wisconsin hosts No.23/25 Michigan this weekend
The first game of the doubleheader was a pitcher's duel for the first four innings. Wisconsin (33-15) got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, starting with a triple from Mary Massei. With the bases loaded, a double from Stephanie Peace cleared the bases and put the Badgers up 3-0.
Wisconsin tacked on another run, to go up 4-0 in the sixth, with a deep home run into center field by Michelle Mueller. Darrah came to the mound in the top of the seventh to record her 21st complete game. After allowing two hits, Darrah forced a fly ball from Danielle Peerenboom into center field to end the game.
Darrah only allowed five hits in seven innings of work and struck out seven Green Bay batters. The sophomore right-hander improved to 21-9.
The Phoenix (21-25) struck early in the second game of the doubleheader, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first off UW starting pitcher Meghan McIntosh.
In the bottom of the second inning, Wisconsin scored on an error by Green Bay to narrow the Phoenix's lead to one run, 2-1.
The Badgers got things rolling in the third inning, starting with a bunt single by Maria Van Abel. Wisconsin capitalized on two Green Bay errors, scoring four runs on three hits to take a 5-2 lead.
McIntosh recorded five-straight scoreless innings after giving up two runs in the first. Amanda Najdek came in for Wisconsin in the top of the seventh and recorded three-straight outs, ending the game with a strike out and earning her first save of the season.
Wisconsin finishes up its final home stand of the season with a Big Ten Conference series against No. 23/25 Michigan this weekend, May 5-6. The first pitch of the doubleheader on Saturday is set for noon at Goodman Diamond.
On May 5, the first 200 fans will receive free Wisconsin Badger sunglasses and will have a chance to enjoy some summer fun activities. On Senior Day, May 6, fans can join the softball team after their final regular season home game for an ice cream social.