Wisconsin drops two against No. 23 Michigan at Goodman Diamond


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May 5, 2012

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 23 Michigan 5, Wisconsin 1
Game 1 • Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis.
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
 MICH 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 5 6 1
 WIS 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1
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 Pitchers
IP H R ER BB SO
W Wagner (26-5) 7.0 7 1 1 2 4
L Darrah (21-10) 2.1 6 5 5 2 2
 Batting Leaders
 • Mary Massei: 1-for-4, 1 RBI
 • Whitney Massey: 2-for-3
 23 Michigan 7, Wisconsin 5
 Game 2 • Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis.    

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
 MICH 2 1 0 1 1 0 2 7 14 0
 WIS 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 5 10 1
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 Pitchers
IP H R ER BB SO
W Wagner (27-5) 4.2 7 4 4 0 3
L Darrah (21-11) 2.2 7 3 3 0 3
 Batting Leaders

 • Whitney Massey: 2-for-4, 1 Run, 3 RBI

 • Stephanie Peace: 1-for-3, 1 Run, 2 RBI
 Kendall Grimm: 3-for-4, 2 Runs

MADISON, Wis. --  Despite a pair of late inning rallies, the Badgers dropped two to No. 23 Michigan at Goodman Diamond Saturday afternoon. In game one, the Badgers couldn't overcome a grand slam by the Wolverines, suffering a 5-1 defeat. The second game was back and forth, but late inning scoring by the Wolverines gave Michigan a 7-5 victory. 

 Fast Facts
• Peace hits two-run home run
• Badgers hold Senior Day at Goodman Diamond on Sunday
• Wisconsin plays last home game of season against Michigan

The sweep drops the Badgers to 12-8 in Big Ten play (33-17 overall), while Michigan remains out in front with a 15-5 league record (36-15).

Sophomore right-hander Cassandra Darrah started game one for Wisconsin, recording two-straight scoreless innings.

The Wolverines strung together four singles in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead and load the bases for Ashley Lane. Lane sent Darrah's delivery deep over the center field fence to clear the bases and give Michigan a 5-0 lead.

Amanda Najdek relieved Darrah after the grand slam by Lane and recorded four-straight scoreless innings for the Badgers.

In the bottom of the seventh, pinch-hitter Karla Powell singled to right field to get the UW offense going. A sacrifice bunt by Maria Van Abel moved the runner to second before an RBI double to center field by Mary Massei put the Badgers on the board, 5-1.

A walk by Whitney Massey extended the inning, but Wisconsin was unable to overcome the Wolverines, suffering a 5-1 loss.  

The Badgers scored one run on seven hits and committed one error, while Michigan scored five runs on six hit, also recording an error. Darrah suffered her 10th loss of the season after pitching two and one-third innings and allowing five runs, all earned, on six hits. Michigan's starting pitcher Haylie Wagner pitched all seven innings in her 26th win of the season.

In the second game of the day, the Badgers found themselves down 3-0 after two innings. Najdek started the game for Wisconsin, before being relieved by Meghan McIntosh with one out in the third inning.

In the bottom of the third with runners at second and third, Massey hit an RBI double to center field to score Wisconsin's first two runs of the game. Stephanie Peace belted a two-run homer over the left field fence and Wisconsin took its first lead of the day, 4-3.

A bases loaded walk by McIntosh in the fourth tied the game, 4-4, and Darrah came in to pitch for Wisconsin. An RBI double from Sara Driesenga in the fifth inning gave the advantage back to Michigan at 5-4. The Wolverines tacked on two more in the top of the seventh, bringing the score to 7-4.

With their rally caps on, the Badgers stayed alive thanks to a two-out single from Grimm. Massey hit an RBI double into center field, scoring Grimm. A fly out by Shannel Blackshear ended the game, giving Michigan a 7-5 victory.

Najdek, McIntosh and Darrah combined for time in the circle, allowing seven runs on 14 hits. Darrah suffered both losses on the day, falling to 21-11 on the season.

Wisconsin finishes out the 2012 home season with the final game of the series against Michigan tomorrow at noon. The Badgers will hold Senior Day, recognizing Powell in a pre-game ceremony. Fans can also join the softball team after the game for an ice cream social.

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