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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 W, 9-8
April 16 vs. Green Bay W, 5-2
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 (24-15) steps back into the conference play to face Penn State (14-23) in a weekend series in University Park, Pa. The Badgers and Nittany Lions will meet Friday in a 5 p.m. contest before playing a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.

• The Badgers trail the series with Penn State, 15-27, but have won the past three head-to-head contests, taking the series in Madison back in 2012. The two squads did not meet during the 2013 season.

• After dropping eight-straight games March 17-April 2, the Nittany Lions have won eight of their last nine. Penn State has played nine games against ranked opponents, including now-No. 6 Arizona State, then-No. 21 LSU (two), then-No. 5 Kentucky (two), then-No. 12 Baylor and now-No. 3 Michigan (three). The Nittany Lions post a 1-8 record against the top 25, picking up their lone win, 6-5, against LSU on February 17 at the Tiger Invitational in Baton Rouge, La.

• PSU enters the weekend eighth in the Bit Ten with a conference record of 5-7. The Nittany Lions were swept by both Purdue and Michigan, but defeated Michigan State in three-straight games and won two out of three at Indiana. Penn State is ninth in the Big Ten in batting with an average of .264, gathering 63 extra-base hits (37 doubles, 15 triples and 11 home runs), but sit in dead last in pitching statistics with an earned run average of 5.46. Nittany Lion pitchers have allowed 319 hits in 237 innings pitched, while striking out 147 batters and walking 133.

• Wisconsin is riding a seven-game win streak, sweeping doubleheaders against North Dakota and Green Bay and taking three from Illinois. The Badgers are fifth in the Big Ten standings with a 6-5 record. The team has a .283 batting average and has smacked 30 home runs. UW pitchers have compiled a 2.92 eaarned run average, striking out 199 batters in 249.2 innings of work.

WISCONSIN at PENN STATE
Dates Friday, April 18 | 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 19 (DH) | 12 p.m.
Location University Park, Pa. | Nittany Lion Softball Park
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LAST TIME OUT - vs. Green Bay, April 16, 2014 Wisconsin swept its third series in a row Wednesday against Green Bay at Goodman Diamond, coming back from down four runs in the seventh inning to steal Game 1, 9-8, on a Mary Masseiwalk-off single and completing the sweep with a 5-2 victory in the nightcap.

Trailing 8-4 heading into the final frame of Game 1, the Badgers (24-15) strung together a combination of timely hits and solid base running to win in dramatic fashion.

With a new pitcher, Lauren Danner, in the circle for Green Bay (16-9), Mueller walked to lead off the inning, which Stephanie Peace followed with a double to left field.

Looking at two runners in scoring position and noticing home run-threat Chloe Miller up to the plate next was enough for the Phoenix coaching staff to pull Danner and re-enter starting pitcher Ashley Nannemann to try and shut the door.

But Miller thought otherwise, smashing UW’s second-straight double into right center field to bring the game within two runs.

Marissa Mersch went to the opposite field for a base hit, which put runners on first and third with no outs. Ashley Van Zeeland brought the Badgers within one run when she sacrifice bunted Mersch to second base, plating Miller from third.

Katie Christner stepped to the plate, having singled and tripled already in the game, and drilled a double off the left field fence, missing a home run by just inches, which brought Mersch around to knot the score at eight.

Megan Tancill moved Christner to third on a groundout to the second baseman, giving Massei the opportunity to be the hero.

The Chino Hills, Calif., product took no time in singling down the right field line to complete the comeback and notch Wisconsin’s second walk-off win in a week.

Despite allowing a career-high 14 hits, Cassandra Darrah kept her squad in it for seven innings, striking out two and walking two. The win marked her 14th of the season.

Wisconsin played come-from-behind in the second game, using a four-run fifth inning to jolt ahead and never look back.

The Badgers capitalized on two errors and a couple stolen bases in the inning to score Maria Van Abel and set up a three-run home run by Mueller—her team-leading 10th of the season and sixth in seven games.

Taylor-Paige Stewart pitched well in her 10th win of 2014, giving up six hits, striking out seven and walking a pair.

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 last week, bringing home a trio of awards. Not only did the senior earn her second career Big Ten Player of the Week award, but she was named the USA Softball Player of the Week and the Louisville Slugger NFCA Player of the Week. 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.

Mueller smoked a grand slam against North Dakota in UW’s, 17-1, Game 2 win. She added three home runs in three consecutive at bats in the Badgers’ 10-3 win over Illinois, 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.

LAST TIME AGAINST PENN STATE (April 22, 2012)
Four runs in the first inning led to a big win for the Wisconsin softball team on Sunday at Goodman Diamond. The Badgers shut out Penn State 9-0 to sweep the Big Ten Conference series after winning 4-1 and 8-0 on April 21.

Wisconsin  scored four runs on two hits in the bottom of the first inning. Mary Massei started the game off with a walk, followed by a single by Kendall Grimm and a walk by Whitney Massey. With the bases loaded, Shannel Blackshear drew the walk to get the Badgers on the board, ahead 1-0.

The Badgers offense forced Penn State's starting pitcher, Marissa Diescher, out of the game after the first run and Jordan Wheatley came in. After a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Stephanie Peace, Karla Powell hit a RBI single into right field to give Wisconsin a 4-0 lead early. An RBI double by Massey in the bottom of the second tacked on another run for the Badgers.

The offense kept rolling in the third inning with Peace singling to start it off. The Badgers scored with a two RBI double by Marissa Mersch, a sacrifice fly from Massei and an RBI single by Grimm.

Cassandra Darrah pitched her 19th complete game, improving to 18-7 in front of 1,002 fans. Darrah only allowed two hits in five innings against the Nittany Lions. The sophomore right-hander held Penn State to only one run in 12 innings this weekend.

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

Penn State


 

 

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