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Darrah fires three-hitter as Badgers top Purdue, 4-1


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May 7, 2011

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  Wisconsin 4,  Purdue 1
Varsity Softball Complex • West Lafayette, Ind.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Freshman Cassandra Darrah gave up just three hits and Wisconsin took advantage of four Purdue errors en route to a 4-1 win on Saturday afternoon at the Varsity Softball Complex in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Badgers improve to 28-22 on the year and 7-10 in the Big Ten with the win. It's now the team's winningest season since going 31-24 overall and 11-9 in the conference in 2005. Purdue falls to 28-15-2 overall and 6-6-1 within the conference.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak at Purdue for Wisconsin, marking the team's first win in West Lafayette since 2006.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers capitalize on four Purdue errors in win
• Darrah gives up just three hits in complete-game effort
• Badgers record most overall, conference wins since 2005

In improving to 15-9 on the year, Darrah threw her team-leading 18th complete game of the season by striking out six and walking just one. After giving up a leadoff walk, Darrah set down the next seven batters she faced before giving up a single to No. 9 hitter Tori Chiodo with two outs in the third inning.

After the single, Darrah again set down the next seven batters she faced before giving up her second hit of the game in the sixth inning.

Wisconsin gave Darrah all the run support she needed in the first inning alone by capitalizing on a pair of Purdue errors on the same play.

Jennifer Krueger reached on a one-out infield single and took second two batters later on a single by Shannel Blackshear. A passed ball let both runners move up and Stephanie Peace was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs.

Michelle Mueller then hit a grounder to Lauren Grant at first base, but the ball kicked away from Grant and went all the way into shallow center field. Krueger scored easily and Blackshear came home from second with the second run. Shortstop Molly Garst tried to throw Blackshear out at home but her throw was high and wide and that enabled Peace to score all the way from first.

The Badgers added an insurance run in the fifth inning.

Mary Massei and Krueger each reached on Purdue errors and each moved up an additional base on a wild pitch. Karla Powell drew a walk to fill the bases and Blackshear hit a sacrifice fly to left field that brought Massei home from third.

Wisconsin's defense backed up Darrah with no errors on the day and made a pair of highlight-worthy plays in the fifth inning.

After catching a pop up at second base, Whitney Massey made a great diving play on a chopper from Danielle Fletcher. Massey took a few steps to her left and made a diving stab on the chopper that looked destined to find a hole through the right side. Massey then got to her knees and flipped backhanded to Mueller at first base.

One batter later, Ashley Courtney lifted a fly ball to shallow left field but Massei raced in and made a diving catch on the sinking liner.

Purdue's lone run came on an RBI double by Andie Varsho in the sixth inning.

The Badgers and Boilermakers conclude their two-game series on Sunday with first pitch coming at 1 p.m. (CT).

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