Sept. 30, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – A perfect game by Cassandra Darrah set the tone for a doubleheader sweep by the Badgers Sunday afternoon at Goodman Diamond. Wisconsin defeated Heartland, 12-0, in game one, before coming from behind to claim game two, 4-3.
Darrah found her rhythm early in the day’s first game, striking out six of the first nine batters she faced. The junior right-hander finished her day with seven strikes outs in five innings of work, facing the minimum 15 batters and recording a perfect game.
The Badgers’ offense chipped away at Heartland, scoring one run in the first, three in the second and one in the third to take a 5-0 lead. The Badgers exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 12-0.
Maria Van Abel and Marissa Mersch were a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate each scoring two runs. Mersch led the Badgers with four RBI, while Michelle Mueller recorded two RBI and a pair of runs.
Wisconsin found itself down early in the day’s finale, when Heartland started the game with a run in the first inning.
A one-out double by Maggie Strange in the third inning gave way to a Badgers’ run in the third and tied the game 1-1.
Heartland responded with a run in the top of the fourth, but UW countered with two runs in the bottom of the frame, after three-straight walks loaded the bases. A pinch hit single by Stefanni LaJeunesse scored two and gave the Badgers a 3-2 lead.
The Hawks tacked on another run in the top of the fifth to tie the game 3-3, but a game winning double by Mueller scored Mary Massei and secured Wisconsin’s 4-3 win.
Meghan McIntosh went the distance in the circle, pitching all seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five.
Wisconsin’s four runs came on eight hits, while Heartland scored three runs on five hits. Both teams committed an error a piece.
The Badgers will conclude their fall season on Saturday, Oct. 13 when they host Loyola-Chicago at Goodman Diamond. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for noon.