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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 W, 3-2
April 12 vs. Illinois W, 10-3
April 12 vs. Illinois W, 3-2
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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• Wisconsin (22-15) welcomes in-state rival Green Bay (16-7) to Goodman Diamond for its second-consecutive Wednesday doubleheader against a non-conference opponent.

• The Badgers have dominated the series, 27-10-1, gathering 18 wins in Madison. Last season UW split a doubleheader with the Phoenix, dropping Game 1, 2-1, and winning Game 2, 4-3. This will be the fourth-straight year that Wisconsin has hosted Green Bay. The last time the Badgers travelled to Green Bay for a series was on March 31, 2010.

• Green Bay played in four preseason tournaments in Illinois, Kentucky and Florida. The Phoenix defeated Connecticut, 3-1, in eight innings at the USF Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., on March 16. Wisconsin run-ruled UConn, 7-2, two weeks earlier at the Texas A&M Invitational. Green Bay also took on Big Ten foe Purdue, losing 5-0. UW will face the Bolermakers in a home series April 25-27.

• The Phoenix enter the series second in the Horizon League, trailing Valporaiso who has played five more games. The Phoenix post a 3-2 conference record after splitting a doubleheader with Wright State and winning two out of three against Youngstown State. As a team, Green Bay bats .280 with 44 extra-base hits (26 doubles, seven triples and 11 home runs) and 56 walks. The team boasts an impressive 2.29 earned run average, allowing 153 hits in the same amount of innings pitched and striking out 84 batters.

• After last weekend’s three-game sweep of Illinois, the Badgers jumped three spots in the Big Ten standings to fifth. Wisconsin improved its batting average to .279 after recording a .329 average in three games versus Illinois. The Badgers also lowered their earned run average to 2.82, which is fourth-best in the Big Ten.

WISCONSIN vs. GREEN BAY
Dates Wednesday, April 16 | 3 & 5 p.m.
Location Madison, Wis. | Goodman Diamond
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LAST TIME OUT - vs. Illinois, April 12, 2014
Wisconsin dodged any rain in the forecast on Saturday afternoon, picking up its fifth-straight win defeating Illinois, 3-2, to cap off a three-game series sweep of the Fighting Illini at Goodman Diamond.

“We said going into the Big Ten season, for how good the conference is, ‘Don’t get swept by anyone else and sweep a few,’ UW head coach Yvette Healy explained. “Even though this is our first Big Ten conference series win, they did it in a great fashion in front of the fans. I think it has everything to do with a big crowd, lots of kids out here. The support of everybody coming out makes it easier for the team to play well.”

UW (22-15, 6-5) got on the board early, but not often in the win.

Mary Massei and Stephanie Peace led off the contest with a screaming double off the left field wall and single to left, respectively, on back-to-back pitches from Illinois (18-18, 2-10) thrower Brandi Needham.

With runners on first and third and no outs, Michelle Mueller did what she does best, driving in Massei for her 18th RBI in five games this week.

Chloe Miller added to the Wisconsin lead, singling home Peace on a grounder that snuck into right field.

That would be all the scoring the Badgers would do until the sixth inning when Ashley Van Zeeland used her speed to record a two-out infield single, which brought home the game winner.

Mueller walked to begin the inning and advanced to third on a Miller sacrifice bunt and Marissa Mersch ground out.

Down to its last out of the inning, Van Zeeland chopped one over the pitcher’s outstretched glove and to Allie Bauch at second base, but the Badgers’ sophomore was too quick to retire.

“Our coach just tells us to put it on the ground and run it out,” Van Zeeland said. “That’s what I worked on all week. In practice we were working on pounding the ball into the ground because we have a hard infield out there. When big hitters get on, we have to bring them around.”

It was truly a team effort from UW who gathered RBI from three different players today—a much different outcome than yesterday’s Game 2 box score, which was dominated by Mueller’s eight RBI.

Wisconsin even remixed its usual game plan of getting the small-ball hitters on base to be driven in by the power hitters. Instead, a power hitter (Mueller) reached safely and was driven in by a small-ball hitter (Van Zeeland) for the game-winning run.

“Our short-game kids are putting the ball in play and pressuring, so you have to be proud of your Wisconsin kids from Kaukauna like Ashley Van Zeeland,” Healy noted. “(Megan) Tancill did really well, too—she’s a Wisconsin kid. We’ve had some great walk-ons from in state play really hard and come up clutch as of late.”

In a game that produced just five runs, it’s no surprise that both pitchers, especially Cassandra Darrah, were impressive in the circle.

The senior gave up two runs on six hits, while striking out 10—two shy of her career high—and not allowing any freebies. Darrah picked up her second win of the weekend and 13th this season.

In three games, Wisconsin pitchers held 2013 All-Big Ten second-team left fielder Alex Booker to just 1-for-11 at the plate for an average of .091. The senior entered the weekend batting .429 with 11 extra base hits (five doubles, three triples and three home runs) and a team-leading 23 RBI.

“This is a great start to our winning streak and we just need to keep it going,” Van Zeeland said.

500 CLUB
Wisconsin won its 500th game, 3-2, on Saturday against Illinois. The program has posted fourteen 20-win seasons since its start in 1996, including five-straight since head coach Yvette Healy took the helm in 2011.

UW has an all-time record of 500-491-2 for a winning percentage of .505. The Badgers have just six sub-.500 years in 18 completed seasons.

MUELLER'S MONSTER WEEK
Senior third baseman Michelle Mueller was nearly unstoppable in the batter’s box this past week and was rewarded as a result.

The La Crosse, Wis., native gathered nine hits in 15 at bats for a .600 batting average en route to her second career Big Ten Player of the Week award, announced on Monday. But it didn’t end there. On Tuesday, she was also named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week and USA Softball National Player of the Week, which are both firsts in Wisconsin history.

Mueller smoked a grand slam against North Dakota in UW’s, 17-1, Game 2 win on Wednesday. She added three home runs in three consecutive at bats in the Badgers’ 10-3 win over Illinois on Friday, marking just the fifth time that’s ever happened in NCAA history.

In total, Mueller picked up six extra-base hits (two doubles and four home runs), five runs, one walk and 18 RBI in five games against UND (two) and Illinois (three).

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.

Game Notes

USF-Wilson Demarini Tournament

FIU Classic Tournament

Texas A&M Invitational

Judi Garman Classic

Class Act Federal Credit Union Classic

Iowa

Minnesota

North Dakota

Illinois

Green Bay


 

 

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