Badgers head South for season-opening tournament


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Schedule
Feb. 7 vs. #4 Florida 12:15 p.m.
Feb. 7

at #25 USF

5:15 p.m.
Feb. 8 vs. Illinois State 12:45 p.m.
Feb. 8 vs. Bethune Cookman 2:45 p.m.
Feb. 9 vs. #4 Florida 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 14 vs. Georgia Southern 10 a.m.
Feb. 14 vs. Florida Gulf Coast 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 at Florida International 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 15 vs. TBD 2 or 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 16 vs. TBD 9 a.m.
Feb. 28 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi 10 a.m.
Feb. 28 at Texas A&M 5:15 p.m.
Mar. 1 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi 12:15 p.m.
Mar. 1 at Texas A&M 3 p.m.
Mar. 2 vs. Connecticut 10 a.m.
Mar. 7 vs. Arizona 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 7 vs. Washington 10 p.m.
Mar. 8 vs. Arizona State 2:30 p.m.
Mar. 8 vs. Long Beach State 5 p.m.
Mar. 9 at Cal State Fullerton 11 a.m.
Mar. 15 vs. Kent State 12:30 p.m.
Mar. 15 vs. Iowa State 5:30 p.m.
Mar. 16 vs. Iowa State 10:30 a.m.
Mar. 17 at Louisville 11 a.m.
Mar. 17 at Louisville 1 p.m.
Mar. 21 at Northwestern 4 p.m.
Mar. 22 at Northwestern 1 p.m.
Mar. 23 at Northwestern 12 p.m.
Mar. 28 vs. Iowa 4 p.m.
Mar. 29 vs. Iowa 12 p.m.
Mar. 30 vs. Iowa 12 p.m.
April 4 at Minnesota 6 p.m.
April 5 at Minnesota 1 p.m.
April 6 at Minnesota 1 p.m.
April 9 vs. North Dakota 3 p.m.
April 9 vs. North Dakota 5 p.m.
April 11 vs. Illinois 4 p.m.
April 12 vs. Illinois 12 p.m.
April 13 vs. Illinois 12 p.m.
April 16 vs. Green Bay 3 p.m.
April 16 vs. Green Bay 5 p.m.
April 18 at Penn State 5 p.m.
April 19 at Penn State 12 p.m.
April 19 at Penn State 2 p.m.
April 25 vs. Purdue 4 p.m.
April 26 vs. Purdue 12 p.m.
April 27 vs. Purdue 12 p.m.
April 30 vs. Nebraska 3 p.m.
April 30 vs. Nebraska 5 p.m.
May 2 at Michigan 5 p.m.
May 3 at Michigan 1 p.m.
May 4 at Michigan 12 p.m.
May 7 vs. TBD (B1G Tourney) TBA
May 8 vs. TBD (B1G Tourney) TBA
May 9 vs. TBD (B1G Tourney) TBA
May 10 vs. TBD (B1G Tourney) TBA


Roster
14 Taylor Berry FR C
6 Katie Christner SO IF
8 Cassandra Darrah SR P
2 Sarah Fonk FR UT
13 Marisa Gonzalez FR OF
18 Stefanni LaJeunesse SO 3B/DP
3 Mary Massei SR OF
31 Marissa Mersch JR OF
28 Chloe Miller FR SS/C
12 Michelle Mueller SR IF
21 Sara Novak FR SS/P/UT
11 Macy Oswald SO UT
22 Stephanie Peace SR IF/OF
1 Nyah Rodman FR LHP
55 Staci Roscizewski SO UT
7 Molly Spence SR DP
24 Taylor-Paige Stewart SO P/UT
4 Megan Tancill JR IF
10 Maria Van Abel JR OF
32 Ashley Van Zeeland SO IF
20 Caitlyn Warren SO OF
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USF-WILSON DEMARINI TOURNAMENT
• Wisconsin opens the 2014 season in Tampa, Fla., at the USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament at USF Softball Stadium Feb. 7-9. The Badgers will play Florida, USF, Illinois State and Bethune-Cookman in the three-day tournament.

• UW is 1-2 all-time against Florida. Wisconsin earned a 4-3, nine inning, victory over the Gators in the last meeting in Tempe, Ariz. during the 2007 season. The Orange and Blue return 14 letterwinners from last year’s squad that led the nation with 58 wins (58-9), won the SEC regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the Women’s College World Series for the fifth time since 2008.

• For the second time in three seasons, Wisconsin will open the season in Tampa. The Badgers last played the Bulls in 2012, suffering a 5-0 loss. USF leads the series 2-1, with the Badgers’ lone win coming during the 2008 season. USF returns 16 letterwinners and eight starters from last year’s team and is coming off its second-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. The Green and Gold also won the program’s first Big East Tournament championship last season, finishing with a 18-3 league record (45-15 overall).

• Despite the two team’s proximity, Wisconsin and Illinois State have only met five times during the regular season with the Redbirds leading the all-time series 3-2. Wisconsin earned wins over ISU in the last two meetings during the 2004 season in Tempe, Ariz. Last season, the Redbirds finished 28-20 overall and 13-7 in the MVC, good for third-place in the league.

• Wisconsin holds a 1-0 advantage over Bethune-Cookman, posting a 9-0 win over the Wildcats during the 2010 season. B-CU finished the 2013 season with an 18-35 overall record, earning the 2013 MEAC Southern divisional title and number one seed in the MEAC championship with an 11-3 league mark.

USF-Wilson Demarini Tournament
Dates Feb. 7-9
Location Tampa, Fla. | USF Softball Stadium
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MASSEI NAMED TO WATCH LIST
Senior Mary Massei was one of 50 student-athletes from across the country selected for the "Watch List" for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award on Jan. 29.

Massei earned the nod after posting a record-setting season in 2013. The senior set six Wisconsin single-season records including batting average (.421) and slugging percentage (.672). Massei finished the season with second-team NFCA Great Lakes All-Region honors, was a first-team CoSida Academic All-District pick and a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection.

RETURNING EXPERIENCE
Wisconsin returns six position players and a pair of pitchers from last season’s record-setting squad. Senior Mary Massei returns to the lineup after leading the Badgers with a .421 batting average last season. Fellow senior Cassandra Darrah returns to the circle for UW after finishing 2013 with a UW single-season record .794 winning percentage (27-7) and second-most wins in school history.

BADGERS RECEIVING VOTES IN NATIONAL POLLS
Wisconsin received votes in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN/USA Softball 2014 preseason polls. Last season’s hot start drew the attention of coaches and media in the April 1, 2013 national polls, as the Badgers earned a national ranking for the first time since 2002. Wisconsin was ranked No. 25 in the April 1 edition of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll and, after receiving votes in the previous three ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Polls, made its program debut in the poll at No. 23 that same week

2013 HIGHLIGHTS: A SEASON TO REMEMBER
• Wisconsin finished the 2013 season with a school record 44-13 overall record, the first 40 win season in program history, and a program best 16-7 record in the Big Ten.

• The Badgers’ season drew to a close in the championship round of NCAA Regional action against No. 3 Oregon in Eugene, Ore. Shannel Blackshear, Stephanie Peace and Cassandra Darrah were named to the All-Regional team.

• Wisconsin claimed the program’s first Big Ten tournament title with a 9-3 victory over Minnesota in the championship game. Cassandra Darrah was named tournament MVP, while Stefanni LaJeunesse and Maria Van Abel, were also selected to the All-Tournament team.

• A school-record three Badgers were selected to NFCA Great Lakes All-Region teams. Whitney Massey headlined the list with her second first-team all-region selection, while Cassandra Darrah and Mary Massei were named to the second team.

• Five Badgers earned All-Big Ten honors. Mary Massei, Cassandra Darrah and Whitney Massey earned first-team honors, while Kendall Grimm and Meghan McIntosh were named to the second-team. Maria Van Abel was selected as the team’s Sportsmanship Award honoree.

• Wisconsin concluded the season with a program-best batting average, slugging percentage and OPS. The team also set records for runs, hits, RBI, total bases and walks. Mary Massei recorded the highest batting average, slugging percentage and OPS in school history, while also setting records for at bats, hits, runs, triples and total bases.

Game Notes
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