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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 W, 2-1
April 6 at #14 Minnesota L, 3-0
April 9 vs. North Dakota W, 11-2 (5)
April 9 vs. North Dakota W, 17-1 (5)
April 11 vs. Illinois 4 p.m.
April 11 vs. Illinois 6 p.m.
April 12/13 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
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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• After sweeping its Wednesday doubleheader against North Dakota, winning with dominance, 11-2 and 17-1, Wisconsin (19-15, 3-5) returns to Big Ten play. The Badgers welcome Illinois (18-15, 2-7) to Madison for a three-game weekend series at Goodman Diamond.

• The Fighting Illini lead the series, 18-10, including an 8-2 mark in Madison. But despite the win differential, the Badgers have won the series' last four games, dating back to 2012. Last season, Wisconsin swept Illinois in Champaign, outscoring the Illini 18-4 in three games.

• Illinois began its season with eight-straight wins at the Rosemont Rumble and USF Tournament. Since, the team has gone 8-10 and picked up two top-25 wins against No. 16 Missouri on March 26 and then-No. 20 Nebraska on April 5. The Fighting Illini post a 2-9 record versus ranked opponents, dropping games to then-No. 1 Tennessee, then-No. 14 South Alabama (two), Missouri, now-No. 14 Minnesota (three) and Nebraska (two).

• The Illini enter the weekend series eleventh in the Big Ten, ahead of just Michigan State. Although it sits at the bottom of the standings, Illinois is fourth in the conference in batting with a .296 batting average and has racked up 85 extra-base hits (48 doubles, seven triples and thirty home runs). U of I is seventh in the conference in pitching with a 3.53 earned run average, allowing the tenth most walks (76) and striking out the tenth most batters (122).

• The Badgers sit at eighth in the Big Ten standings. UW is batting .274 as a team, while giving up 111 runs in 214.2 innings of work for an earned run average of 2.90. Wisconsin pitchers have given up the sixth most walks in the Big Ten (105) and fanned the eighth most batters (170).

WISCONSIN vs. ILLINOIS
Dates Friday, April 11 | 4 p.m.
Friday, April 11 | 6 p.m.
Sat./Sun, April 12/13 | 12 p.m.
Location Madison, Wis. | Goodman Diamond
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LAST TIME OUT - DH vs. North Dakota, April 9 , 2014
The Wisconsin offense put on a hitting clinic against North Dakota at Goodman Diamond on Wednesday, sweeping its doubleheader in run-rule fashion, 11-2 and 17-1.

Seniors Mary Massei, Michelle Mueller and Stephanie Peace stole the show, gathering ten hits, 16 RBI and seven extra-base hits, including five home runs, on the day.

The Badgers (19-15) came out of the gate hot in Game 1, putting up six runs in their first at bat.

Maria Van Abel and Ashley Van Zeeland led off with back-to-back singles. After a double steal by the Kaukauna, Wis., natives, Massei reached on a scorcher to the pitcher, which was followed by a two-run double by Chloe Miller. Mueller then doubled to right field, scoring two runners. UW added a few more to cap off an electric inning on offense.

Wisconsin put four more on the board in the third inning and another in the fourth to take a decisive 11-0 lead.

North Dakota (4-26) plated two runs on a single, double and error in the fifth inning, but Cassandra Darrah finished the job, allowing just two runs, one earned, on five hits and two strikeouts.

The first inning of Game 2 seemed to be a mirror image of Game 1's first frame, except even more impressive. Wisconsin scored eight runs on three hits, including a pair of home runs by Peace and Massei. The offensive barrage marked the third most runs scored in the first inning in Wisconsin history.

And if it couldn't get any better, the Badgers rivaled their first inning run total with seven more in the second, which stands as the second most runs ever scored in the second inning by a UW squad.

Mueller and Peace hit back-to-back jacks--a grand slam and solo shot, respectively--with two outs in the inning after Massei had already hit her second long ball of the day on just the second pitch she had seen all game up to that point.

Taylor-Paige Stewart cruised in the circle, coming up just one shy of her career high in strikeouts.

The sophomore carried a perfect game into the fourth inning and finished with one run on three hits and 11 Ks.

SENIOR SWAG
The four Wisconsin seniors dominated action on Wednesday in 11-2 and 17-1 wins against North Dakota.

Mary Massei went 3-for-5 on the day with two runs, two long balls and four RBI. Michelle Mueller finished with three hits in five at bats, including a grand slam in the second inning of Game 2. The La Crosse, Wis., native recorded nine RBI in the two games. Stephanie Peace added four hits in six tries, as she also poked two over the outfield fence, helping her to gather three RBI.

Cassandra Darrah picked up her eleventh win of the season, allowing just two runs, one earned, on five hits and one walk in Game 1.

OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION
Wisconsin's three home runs in the second inning of its 17-1 win over North Dakota tied the program record, matching three previous instances against Ohio State and North Dakota State in 2005 and East Tennessee State in 2007.

The Badgers' five home runs in the contest was the second most by a UW squad in a contest and the team's 17 runs tied a school record for the most in a single game.

BEATING THE RANKED
UW's 2-1 Game 1 win in the April 6 doubleheader at No. 14 Minnesota was the team's third win over a ranked opponent this season. The Badgers gained 7-5 victories against then-No. 7 Arizona on March 7 and No. 23 Northwestern on March 22. Wisconsin holds a 3-9 record versus the top-25 this season.

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.

LAST TIME VS. ILLINOIS - March 23, 2014
Thirteen proved to be a lucky number for the Wisconsin softball team as a 5-2 win over Illinois earned the Badgers a series sweep on the opening weekend of Big Ten play in 2013 and extended their school record for consecutive victories. UW posted a 5-1 win over the Illini in the day's first game at Eichelberger Field to set a school record with 12-consecutive wins.

In the first game of the day, Illinois wasted no time applying the pressure on the Badgers. The Illini quickly scored a run in the first inning, forcing UW to play from behind for just the ninth time this season.

UW overtook Illinois in the third inning when --with the bases loaded -- Michelle Mueller hit a single to right-center to score a pair of runs and give the Badgers a 2-1 advantage.

Mueller recorded her third RBI of the game in the fifth inning, putting UW up 3-1, and a sacrifice fly by Mary Massei in the sixth added another Badger run. A solo home run by Whitney Massey in the seventh solidified the Badgers' 5-1 win.

Meghan McIntosh picked up her first Big Ten win of the season, pitching all seven innings and allowing just one run on three hits.

Cassandra Darrah followed McIntosh's performance in the second game, earning her second league win in seven innings of work.

The duo's performance on the mound impressed Healy.

In the second game, Illinois again struck first, scoring a run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead.

Wisconsin's offense stayed quiet until the fifth inning when one big swing by Shannel Blackshear changed the game. Blackshear, who had walked in her previous two at bats, belted a two-run home run over the center field fence to give UW a 2-1 lead.

Blackshear's long ball was clutch when the Badgers needed it most.

The Badgers used the long ball again in the sixth to extend their lead. Stefanni LaJeunesse entered the game to pinch hit and recorded her first career homer to give the Badgers a 3-1 lead.

UW added two more runs on three more hits to extend its lead to 5-1 in the top of the sixth.

Illinois took advantage of a UW error in the bottom half of the inning to score a run before the Badgers closed out the game in the seventh.

The Badgers outscored Illinois 18-4 over the three-game series, recording 23 hits to the Illini's 10. UW's pitchers, Darrah and McIntosh, recorded a combined 0.67 ERA, holding Illinois to a .130 batting average.

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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