Sept. 16, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – On a perfect Sunday afternoon in Madison, the Wisconsin softball team put together an almost perfect performance in its opening weekend of fall action, defeating Kirkwood 4-0 and 11-2 at Goodman Diamond.
Senior Meghan McIntosh went the distance in the day’s first game, pitching seven complete innings, striking out 11 and only facing the minimum 21 batters. Her only blemish on the day was a walk in the fifth, but the Badgers quickly erased the runner with a double play.
Wisconsin scored a run in the first inning, a pair of runs in the second and another in the sixth to win 4-0. Senior Whitney Massey paced the offense, going 3-for-3 with two doubles.
The Badgers’ offense continued to roll in game two of the doubleheader, scoring three runs in the first inning on a pair of triples by juniors Stephanie Peace and Michelle Mueller.
A run in the second inning and five in the third gave freshman pitcher Taylor-Paige Stewart a comfortable lead early in the game.
After four complete innings of work, Stewart was relieved by junior Cassandra Darrah who finished out the final three innings for the Badgers.
Stewart finished the day with no runs on two hits and struck out two in four innings in Wisconsin’s 11-2 win over the Eagles. Darrah allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four.
Senior Molly Spence was 2-for-4, while a three-run home run by senior Shannel Blackshear in the third inning put the game out of reach for Kirkwood.
Wisconsin continues fall action on Saturday, Sept. 29 when it hosts Green Bay in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Admission is free.