Badgers travel to No. 14 Minnesota for weekend series


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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. Florida Gulf Coast 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
March 1 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi W, 10-1 (6)
March 1 at #13 Texas A&M L, 6-2
March 2 vs. Connecticut W, 7-2 (5)
March 7 vs. #7 Arizona W, 7-5
March 7 vs. #6 Washington L, 4-2
March 8 vs. #10 Arizona State L, 9-1 (5)
March 8 vs. Long Beach State W, 5-0
March 9 at Cal State Fullerton W, 4-1
March 15 vs. Kent State L, 5-2
March 15 vs. Iowa State W, 6-3
March 16 vs. Iowa State Cancelled
March 17 at Louisville Cancelled
March 17 at Louisville W, 4-1
March 20 vs. Detroit W, 8-0 (5)
March 20 vs. Detroit W, 3-2
March 21 at #23 Northwestern L, 8-6 (8)
March 21 at #23 Northwestern L, 4-2
March 22 at #23 Northwestern W, 7-5
March 29 vs. Iowa L, 4-1
March 29 vs. Iowa W, 8-4
March 30 vs. Iowa L, 4-1
April 4 at #14 Minnesota Cancelled
April 6 at #14 Minnesota 2 p.m.
April 6 at #14 Minnesota 4 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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• Wisconsin (16-14, 2-4) packs its bags and returns to the road this weekend, as it heads north to Minneapolis to face off with No. 14 Minnesota (27-4, 5-1) for a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

• The upcoming series will mark the seventh ranked opponent the Badgers have faced so far this season. UW is 2-8 against the top-25 in 2014, playing games against then-No. 4 Florida, then-No. 13 Texas A&M, then-No. 7 Arizona, then-No. 6 Washington, now-No. 7 Arizona State and No. 23 Northwestern. Wisconsin picked up a 7-5 win against Arizona in Fullerton, Calif. at the Judi Garman Classic and a 7-5 come-from-behind win at Northwestern.

• The Gophers are no stranger to ranked opponents either, as they’ve played six games agains the top-25. Minnesota posts an impressive 4-2 record against ranked teams, registering all of its wins on the road at then-No.17 LSU, then-No. 3 Arizona State and then-No. 15 Nebraska (two).

• Minnesota enters the weekend tied for second with Ohio State and Purdue in the Big Ten standings. The Gophers post a team batting average of .287 (sixth in B1G) and team ERA of 1.60 (first in B1G).

• Wisconsin leads the all-time series with Minnesota, 21-17, but the Gophers have taken nine of 16 games played in Minneapolis. Last season UW split with Minnesota, 2-2. Avenging their 2-1 regular season series loss, the fourth-seeded Badgers defeated third-seeded Minnesota, 9-3, in the Big Ten Championship to claim the program’s first-ever title.

• The Badgers dropped last weekend’s series to Iowa, two games to one. In Wisconsin’s 8-4 win on Saturday Taylor-Paige Stewart gathered her sixth win of the season, while striking out four and walking just two. Marissa Mersch led the way in the batter’s box, as she went 4-for-4 with one run and four RBI.

WISCONSIN at MINNESOTA
Dates Sunday, April 6 | 2 p.m. (DH)
Location Minneapolis, Minn. | Jane Sage Cowles Stadium
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NEW CAREER HIGHS
Senior pitcher Cassandra Darrah threw the second no-hitter of her career in an 8-0, five-inning win over Detroit on March 20. Darrah went 3-1 that week, pitching 26.2 innings with a 2.36 earned run average.

The Corydon, Iowa, native recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts and no walks in the first game of a doubleheader vs. Iowa on March 29.

Marissa Mersch joined her teammate, posting a new career high in hits and RBI after she went 4-for-4 and drove in four RBI, as the Badgers split the doubleheader with an 8-4 victory.

B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK X 2
Freshman middle infielder Sara Novak had a huge impact in UW’s games vs. Louisville and Northwestern March 17-22, hitting .500 with a 1.100 slugging percentage and blasting the first two home runs of her career. For her impressive play on the field, Novak was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week--the second Badger to win the award this season.

The second of her home runs ignited a seven-run rally in the top of the seventh inning that propelled the Badgers to a 7-5 come-from-behiond victory at Northwestern. She was also hit by a pitch four times, helping to compile an on-base percentage of .643.

COMEBACK KIDS
The Badgers used a seven-run seventh-inning rally to take down No. 23 Northwestern on March 22 to record their first conference win of the season.

After dropping two two-run games on Saturday, UW entered the final inning of its last game against the Wildcats trailling by a score of 3-0. Sara Novak led off with a home run--her second of the weekend--followed by six singles, a HBP, RBI-groundout, wildpitch and walk from the Badgers offense to complete the inning’s scoring.

Wisconsin fended off Northwestern’s attempt at a rally after the Wildcats plated two runs in the bottom half of the inning to steal the game, 7-5.

BIG TEN AWARD WINNERS
Sophomore Taylor-Paige Stewart and freshman Chloe Miller were recognized by the Big Ten on March 3 as pitcher and freshman of the week, respectively.

Stewart appeared in each of the team’s five games in College Station, 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.

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.

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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