UW travels to Louisville, Ky., for final tournament of the season


This Week in Softball

Schedule
Feb. 7 vs. #4 Florida L, 5-3
Feb. 7 at #25 USF Cancelled
Feb. 8 vs. Bethune Cookman W, 8-0 (5)
Feb. 8 vs. Illinois State W, 2-1
Feb. 9 vs. #4 Florida L, 5-1
Feb. 14 vs. Georgia Southern L, 4-0
Feb. 14 vs. Florida Gulf Coast L, 8-0 (6)
Feb. 15 at Florida International W, 8-0 (6)
Feb. 15 at Florida International L, 5-2
Feb. 16 vs. FGCU W, 9-1 (6)
Feb. 28 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi W, 3-1
Feb. 28 at #13 Texas A&M L, 6-1
Mar. 1 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi W, 10-1 (6)
Mar. 1 at #13 Texas A&M L, 6-2
Mar. 2 vs. Connecticut W, 7-2 (5)
Mar. 7 vs. #7 Arizona W, 7-5
Mar. 7 vs. #6 Washington L, 4-2
Mar. 8 vs. #10 Arizona State L, 9-1 (5)
Mar. 8 vs. Long Beach State W, 5-0
Mar. 9 at Cal State Fullerton W, 4-1
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
(Big Ten Tourney)
TBA
May 8 vs. TBD
(Big Ten Tourney)
TBA
May 9 vs. TBD
(Big Ten Tourney)
TBA
May 10 vs. TBD
(Big Ten 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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Team

CLASS ACT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION CLASSIC
• Wisconsin (10-9) travels to Louisville, Ky., for the Class Act Federal Credit Union Classic March 15-17. The Badgers will face Kent State, Iowa State and Louisville in the three-day tournament.

• Louisville (13-7) boasts a 9-2 home record and the Class Act Federal Credit Union Classic will be its third home tournament of the season. The series between the Badgers and the Cardinals is tied at 1-1 with the last meeting coming during the 2011 season. The two teams were scheduled to play last season, but poor weather forced the cancellation of the game.

• Kent State (10-7) opened the season with four-straight wins before falling to Long Beach State. Two of the Flashes’ losses were at the hands of No. 8 Michigan, including a 1-0, nine-inning defeat. The Badgers and the Flashes are 1-1 all-time, last meeting during the 2007 season in Tampa, Fla.

• Iowa State (15-6) opened its season with six-straight wins before falling to New Mexico State in New Mexico. The Cyclones most recently suffered an 18-16 loss to Wichita State at the Shocker Softball Classic March 9. This will be the first ever meeting between the Badgers and Cyclones.

• The Badgers’ current two-game winning streak ties their longest of the season. UW wrapped up the Judy Garman Classic last weekend with a win over Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton to push its record above the .500 mark. Right-hander Cassandra Darrah posted a 3-0 record in 21.0 innings of work, earning wins over LBSU, CSF and No. 7 Arizona.

• Wisconsin’s trip to Louisville marks the end of tournament action. The Badgers will start Big Ten Conference play on March 21 at Northwestern before opening the season at home in Madison on March 28 against Iowa.

CLASS ACT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION CLASSIC
Dates March 15-17
Location Louisville, Ky. | Ulmer Stadium
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JUDI GARMAN GREATNESS
Despite facing three top-10 teams in a span of 20 hours in Fullerton, Calif., at the Judi Garman Classic March 7-9, Wisconsin finished the weekend 3-2, garnering wins over No. 7 Arizona, Long Beach State and host Cal State Fullerton.

The Badgers proved to be The Beach’s lone loss of the weekend, as they finished the tournament with a record of 4-1.

VICTORY AT LAST
The Badgers picked up its first win over a ranked opponent this season in Fullerton, as the they defeated No. 7 Arizona, 7-5.

Wisconsin did whatever it could to get runners on base, over and across home plate against an opponent who had won eight of its previous nine games in run-rule fashion. Cassandra Darrah picked up the win, stranding 10 U of A runners on base.

UW was previously 0-4 against top-25 opponents this season, losing twice to both then-No.4 Florida and then-No. 16 Texas A&M.

SENIOR LEADERS
Seniors Michelle Mueller and Cassandra Darrah led the way for the Badgers at the Judi Garman Classic.

Mueller was the lone Badger to post an above-.300 batting average, finishing the weekend at .308. The LaCrosse, Wis., native, also notched four RBI -- three coming in UW’s 4-1 win against Cal State Fullerton -- and one double, while striking out just twice.

Darrah gathered three wins on the weekend, leading the Badgers to victory against No. 7 Arizona, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton. She had an ERA of 1.67 in 21.0 innings pitched and allowing opponents to hit just .213 in the batter’s box.

BIG TEN AWARD WINNERS
Sophomore Taylor-Paige Stewart and freshman Chloe Miller were recognized by the Big Ten this week as pitcher and freshman of the week, respectively.

Stewart appeared in each of the team’s five games, posting two wins in two starts against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The sophomore recorded a 1.24 earned run average for the weekend and picked up a new career high when she struck out ten Islanders batters on Friday.

Miller started all five games behind the dish, gathering four hits, five RBI and two runs. She logged her third and fourth home runs and multi-hit games of the year, while notching a .333 batting average.

MAMA MARIA!
Junior Maria Van Abel had a game for the record books on Feb. 16 against FGCU, as she gathered five hits, one run and two RBIs. The Kaukana, Wis, native’s five at bats stand as her single-game career high, along with the five base hits, one triple, two RBI and three stolen bases she picked up.

STEWART THROWS NO-NO
Sophomore Taylor-Paige Stewart etched her name in the UW record books on Saturday when she threw her first career no-hitter against Bethune Cookman. Stewart pitched five complete innings, holding the Wildcats hitless, striking out two and walking two. The Badgers plated eight runs on nine hits and committed one error in the 8-0 victory. 

DARRAH MOVES INTO SECOND ON CAREER LIST
Senior Cassandra Darrah picked up her first win of the season against Illinois State on Feb. 8, marking her 66th career victory at UW and moving her into second all-time. Andrea Kirchberg tops the record list with 87 career wins. 

BADGERS DROPPING BOMBS
Senior Stephanie Peace started her final campaign with a bang last weekend. Peace homered on the first pitch she saw against Florida on Feb. 7. Peace went on to knock two more long balls over the fence, finishing the weekend with three homers, five RBI and a 1.300 slugging percentage.

Peace recorded just five long balls all of the 2013 season. The shortstop now ranks seventh on the Badgers' career record list with 17 homers.

MILLER'S BIG START
Freshman Chloe Miller opened her collegiate campaign with a bang last weekend. Miller started behind the plate all four games, caught a no-hitter and hit a pair of home runs. The lefty finished opening weekend with a .250 batting average, scored three runs and posted three RBI on her way to a 1.000 slugging percentage.  

Game Notes

USF-Wilson Demarini Tournament

FIU Classic Tournament

Texas A&M Invitational

Judi Garman Classic

Class Act Federal Credit Union Classic


 

 

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