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This Week in Badger Softball: Wisconsin competes in Gaucho Classic II



March 15, 2012

This Week in Softball

2011-12 Schedule
Feb. 18 vs. Georgia Southern W, 3-2 (8)
Feb. 18 at USF L, 0-5
Feb. 19 vs. Drake W, 8-0 (6)
Feb. 19 vs. Arkansas L, 1-5
Feb. 24 vs. Florida State L, 0-5
Feb. 24 vs. Southern Illinois W, 12-3 (6)
Feb. 25 vs. St. John's W, 3-0
Feb. 25 vs. Maryland L, 3-4
Feb. 26 vs. Florida State L, 1-2
Mar. 2 vs. UConn W, 5-3
Mar. 2 at Charleston Southern W, 3-2 (8)
Mar. 3 vs. Kansas L, 0-4
Mar. 9 vs. San Diego W, 6-3
Mar. 9 vs. Nevada W, 11-9 (9)
Mar. 10 vs. San Diego L, 9-10
Mar. 10 at Nevada W, 8-5
Mar. 11 vs. Nevada W, 7-1
Mar. 16 at UC Santa Barbara 11 a.m.
Mar. 16 vs. San Jose State 1:15 p.m.
Mar. 17 at UC Santa Barbara 3:45 p.m.
Mar. 17 vs. San Jose State 6 p.m.
Mar. 18 vs. Oklahoma St. 11:30 p.m.
Mar. 24 at Iowa 1 p.m.
Mar. 24 at Iowa 3 p.m.
Mar. 25 at Iowa 2 p.m.
Mar. 31 NORTHWESTERN 12 p.m.
Mar. 31 NORTHWESTERN 2 p.m.
April 1 NORTHWESTERN 2 p.m.
April 3 at UIC 4:30 p.m.
April 4 at Loyola Chicago 4:30 p.m.
April 6 MINNESOTA 1 p.m.
April 7 MINNESOTA 12 p.m.
April 7 MINNESOTA 2 p.m.
April 10 WESTERN ILLINOIS 3 p.m.
April 10 WESTERN ILLINOIS 5 p.m.
April 14 at Illinois 4 p.m.
April 14 at Illinois 6 p.m.
April 15 at Illinois 1 p.m.
April 21 PENN STATE 12 p.m.
April 21 PENN STATE 2 p.m.
April 22 PENN STATE 12 p.m.
April 28 at Purdue 12 p.m.
April 28 at Purdue 2 p.m.
April 29 at Purdue 12 p.m.
May 1 BRADLEY 5 p.m.
May 2 GREEN BAY 3 p.m.
May 2 GREEN BAY 5 p.m.
May 5 MICHIGAN 12 p.m.
May 5 MICHIGAN 2 p.m.
May 6 MICHIGAN 12 p.m.
May 11 at Nebraska 5 p.m.
May 11 at Nebraska 7 p.m.
May 12 at Nebraska 1 p.m.
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2011-12 Roster
2 Whitney Massey Jr. IF/OF
3 Mary Massei So. OF
4 Megan Tancill Fr. IF
5 Maggie Strange Jr. C
6 Venessa Nunez So. UT
7 Molly Spence Jr. C/1B
8 Cassandra Darrah So. P/IF
9 Shannel Blackshear Jr. 3B
10 Maria Van Abel Fr. OF
12 Michelle Mueller So. IF
13 Kendra Wright So. OF
17 Kendall Grimm Jr. OF
18 Amanda Oberc Fr. P/1B
20 Amanda Najdek So. P
21 Meghan McIntosh Jr. P
22 Stephanie Peace So. IF/OF
28 Kelsey Horton Jr. UT
31 Marissa Mersch Fr. OF
32 Karla Powell Sr. 1B/DP
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Badgers travel to California
Wisconsin wraps up tournament play in Santa Barbara, Calif., playing five games at the Gaucho Classic II, Mar. 16-18.   

 Games 18-22  |  Gaucho Classic II
 Date  Friday - Sunday, Mar. 16-18
 Santa Barbara, Calif.  | Campus Diamond
 Live Stats  UCSBGauchos.com
 Opponents  UC Santa Barbara | San Jose St. | Oklahoma St.
 Social Media  Twitter  | Facebook

• Wisconsin wraps up tournament play in Santa Barbara, Calif. Mar. 16-18. The Badgers take on UC Santa Barbara and San Jose St. twice before playing Oklahoma St. on Sunday, Mar. 18.

• Wisconsin fell to UC Santa Barbara twice last year in the Gaucho Classic. The Gauchos are 10-17 so far this season, but are 5-1 at home.

• The Badgers lead San Jose St. 3-1, with their last game dating back to 2004. Junior pitcher Amanda Pridmore was named WAC pitcher of the week posting 0.00 ERA in last weekend’s games, coming in as a relief pitcher.

• Wisconsin was beat in the last matchup against Oklahoma St. in 2010. The Cowgirls are 12-9 this season coming off of junior pitcher Kat Espinosa’s second no-hitter of the season.

• After four tournaments this season, Wisconsin is 10-7. Three of Wisconsin’s losses have been by just one run, while the Badgers have picked up three of their wins in extra innings.

• After five weekends of non-conference action, Wisconsin wraps up its six-week road trip with Big Ten Conference play at Iowa Mar. 24-25. A doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 24 will be followed by single game on Sunday, Mar. 25.

Football Notes
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Last time out    
Wisconsin competed in the Wolf Pack Softball classic in Reno, Nev., Mar. 9-11. The Badgers went 4-1 in the tournament, recording three wins over Nevada and splitting with San Diego.

Spence named big ten player of the week
Four home runs, 10 RBI and four runs scored all added up to an impressive weekend for junior Molly Spence at the Wolf Pack Softball Classic. Spence finished the five games with a .529 batting average and a staggering 1.873 OPS.

Spence is leading the team in RBI with 18, home runs with five and slugging percentage with .708.

Van Abel leads Big Ten
Freshman center fielder Maria Van Abel leads the Big Ten with a .459 batting average in 17 games. Van Abel had seven hits and two sacrifice bunts over the weekend at the Wolf Pack Softball Classic. Overall the freshman has scored nine runs on seventeen hits in 37 at-bats.

Turning up the heat on offense
In the five games this past weekend, Wisconsin recorded 42 runs on 61 hits. Badger hitters bombed six homers, four of which came from Molly Spence. Shannel Blackshear and Whitney Massey each recorded one home run on the weekend. The only other home runs on the season are two against Southern Illinois on Feb. 24.

Before the weekend, the Badgers only had two hitters above .300. After the Wolf Pack Softball Classic, Wisconsin has five players batting above .300, lead by freshman Maria Van Abel (.459). Van Abel also leads the team with a .474 on-base percentage.

Wisconsin in the Big Ten
Wisconsin is currently fourth overall in Big Ten rankings, behind Purdue, Michigan and Minnesota.
The team’s batting jumped eight spots and moved up to fourth place with an average of .287. Leading team batting is Purdue with a .377.

Wisconsin’s team fielding ranks second with a .966 fielding percentage, just behind Minnesota’s .974 fielding percentage. The Badgers also record the second-lowest errors in the Big Ten with 18 in 17 games. 

The Badger pitchers rank fourth in the conference posting a 2.68 team ERA. Junior Meghan McIntosh is eighth in individual pitching with a 2.62 ERA in nine appearances and holds a 2-4 record.

Spence ranked first in nation for sac flies
With four sacrifice flies recorded so far this season, Molly Spence shares the top spot in the NCAA with three others. Spence tallied two sac flies in the game against San Diego on Saturday, Mar. 10, which marks the first time in UW history that more than one sac fly was hit by a player in a single game.

Stealing national spotlight
Wisconsin ranks 20th in the NCAA in stolen bases per game with 2.06. As a team the Badgers are 35-for-45 on stolen base attempts. Marshall leads the nation with 3.27 steals per game.
With 0.53 double plays per game, UW is tied for 14th with Utah Valley. The team has nine on the year.

Wisconsin against ranked opponents  
In the seven losses that the Badgers have recorded this year, four have been to ranked opponents or opponents receiving votes. Wisconsin fell to No. 22/22 (NFCA coaches/ESPN) Florida State twice and 21/23 South Florida. Kansas also received votes in both polls.

In Big Ten play, the Badgers will take on No. 19/T19 Michigan in their last homestand May 5-6.

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