Badgers roll past Buckeyes in run-rule victory


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May 13, 2011

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  Wisconsin 11,  Ohio State 3 (6 inn.)
Goodman Diamond • Madison, Wis.
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 • Jennifer Krueger: 4-4, 3 R, RBI, SB
 • Stephanie Peace: 2-3, 3 RBI, R, 2B, SF
 • Karla Powell: 1-1, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB
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MADISON, Wis. -- Jennifer Krueger is closing out her Badger career in style.

Playing in her final series at Wisconsin, the senior was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate on Friday night in leading the Badgers to an 11-3, six-inning victory over Ohio State at Goodman Diamond. The 11 runs scored by UW set a season high and the victory snapped a four-game losing streak to the Buckeyes.

A native of Portage, Wis., Krueger was a menace against the Buckeyes (14-36, 3-16). She recorded four singles, scored three runs, drove in a run and stole a base as Wisconsin improved to 29-23 on the season and 8-11 in the Big Ten.

With her four hits, Krueger tied the UW single-season record with 63 on the year and set a school record with her third-career four-hit game.

 Fast Facts
• Krueger goes 4-4 and scores 3 times, ties UW hit mark
• Badgers pick up first run-rule win of 2011
• Powell drives in 2, walks 3 times to tie school record

After two scoreless innings, Wisconsin used solid defense in the third, while Ohio State was done in by their own defensive miscues.

Karisa Medrano led off the third by hitting a sinking liner to center field. Krueger raced in and made a diving catch on her stomach to rob her of a base hit. Not to be outdone, one batter later Mary Massei made a diving catch to her right in foul territory in left field to retire Melissa Rennie. Krueger then made a routine catch in center to get the final out.

In the bottom of the inning, Massei kept the inning alive by reaching on an error with two outs. She then stole second before Krueger slapped a single to second. Melaina Saalfeld's throw to first was late and wide, letting Krueger take second and enabling Massei to score the game's first run.

Krueger stole third, her 43rd of the year and the 98th of her career, before Karla Powell drew a walk - one of seven on the day for UW - to put runners on the corners. Powell then recorded her first stolen base of the season, but on the ensuing throw down to second, the ball got away and Krueger was able to score from third.

A home run in the top of the fourth cut the Badger lead to 2-1, but Wisconsin blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth by sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six runs.

Stephanie Peace came within inches of a home run to start the inning, but she was still able to leg out a double. A groundout moved her to third before Michelle Mueller singled and stole second to put two runners in scoring position.

One out later, Whitney Massey drew a walk to load the bases. Massei showed a keen eye by drawing a bases-loaded walk to make it 3-1 in favor of UW. Krueger then recorded her third hit of the game with an infield single that scored Mueller. Powell cracked the game open with a single past second base to plate a pair and make it 6-1.

A walk to Shannel Blackshear loaded the bases back up before Peace used her second hit of the inning to drive in two more runs and bring the score to 8-1.

Ohio State scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, but Wisconsin countered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to pick up their first run-rule win of the year.

Massei led off and was hit by a pitch. Krueger then picked up her fourth hit of the game with a single to left field. Powell drew her third walk of the game to tie a UW single-game record and load the bases. Blackshear picked up her second walk of the game in the ensuing at-bat as Massei scored her career-high third run of the game. Peace then recorded the first sacrifice fly of her career to make it 10-3. After a strikeout, Powell came home on a wild pitch to score the game-winning run.

Cassandra Darrah got the win for Wisconsin to improve her record to 16-10. It's the most wins by a UW pitcher since Eden Brock had 16 in 2006. Darrah gave up just four hits and one run in five innings of work. She struck out one and walked two.

Wisconsin closes out the 2011 season on Saturday against Ohio State. First pitch is set for noon at Goodman Diamond. Sitting at 29 wins, the Badgers are looking to reach the 30-win plateau for just the sixth time in school history and the first since winning 31 games in 2005.

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