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This Week In Badger Softball: Badgers host Northwestern



April 23, 2013

This Week in Softball

2013 Schedule
Feb. 8 at Charlotte W, 12-3 (6)
Feb. 8 vs. Presbyterian L, 5-3
Feb. 9 vs. Notre Dame W, 1-0
Feb. 9 vs. Presbyterian W, 8-0 (5)
Feb. 10 vs. Notre Dame W, 6-5 (11)
Feb. 22 vs. Georgia Southern W, 3-0
Feb. 22 vs. Boston University W, 11-3 (5)
Feb. 23 vs. Boston University W, 9-1
Feb. 23 vs. Georgia Southern W, 4-0
Feb. 24 vs. Georgia Southern W, 6-4
Feb. 24 vs. Boston University W, 5-1
Feb. 28 at Cal State Fullerton W, 1-0
Mar. 1 vs. Stanford W, 4-0
Mar. 1 at Cal State Fullerton L, 6-4
Mar. 2 vs. California L, 5-3
Mar. 2 vs. CSU Bakersfield W, 11-4
Mar. 3 vs. Cal Poly W, 2-1
Mar. 9 vs. Belmont W, 7-0
Mar. 9 at Southern Illinois W, 7-3
Mar. 10 vs. UIC W, 2-1 (8)
Mar. 10 vs. Eastern Kentucky W, 5-1
Mar. 15 vs. UNC W, 4-2
Mar. 15 vs. Eastern Michigan W, 7-2
Mar. 16 vs. Ball State W, 8-7 (8)
Mar. 16 vs. Eastern Michigan W, 9-0 (5)
Mar. 22 at Illinois W, 8-1
Mar. 23 at Illinois W, 5-1
Mar. 23 at Illinois W, 5-2
Mar. 29 at Iowa L, 2-1 (9)
Mar. 30 at Iowa W, 8-0 (5)
Mar. 30 at Iowa W, 3-0
April 5 at Minnesota L, 2-1
April 6 at Minnesota W, 10-0 (6)
April 7 at Minnesota L, 8-0 (5)
April 12 at Nebraska L, 4-0
April 13 at Nebraska W, 5-2
April 14 at Nebraska L, 11-2 (5)
April 16 vs. Green Bay L, 2-1
April 16 vs. Green Bay W, 4-3
April 20 vs. Ohio State W, 7-6 (10)
April 20 vs. Ohio State W, 3-1
April 21 vs. Ohio State W, 4-2
April 24 vs. Northwestern 3 p.m.
April 24 vs. Northwestern 5 p.m.
April 26 at Indiana 5 p.m.
April 27 at Indiana 12 p.m.
April 28 at Indiana 12 p.m.
May 3 vs. Michigan State 6 p.m.
May 4 vs. Michigan State 1 p.m.
May 5 vs. Michigan State 1 p.m.
May 9 Big Ten Tournament TBD
May 10 Big Ten Tournament TBD
May 11 Big Ten Tournament TBD
May 12 Big Ten Tournament TBD

2013 Roster
9 Shannel Blackshear SR 3B
6 Katie Christner FR IF
8 Cassandra Darrah JR P
17 Kendall Grimm SR OF
28 Kelsey Horton SR UT
15 Kelsey Kleist FR C
18 Stefanni LaJeunesse FR 3B/DP
3 Mary Massei JR OF
2 Whitney Massey SR IF/OF
21 Meghan McIntosh SR P
31 Marissa Mersch SO OF
12 Michelle Mueller JR IF
11 Macy Oswald FR UT
22 Stephanie Peace JR IF/OF
55 Staci Roscizewski FR UT
7 Molly Spence SR DP
24 Taylor-Paige Stewart FR P/UT
5 Maggie Strange SR C
4 Magan Tancill SO IF
10 Maria Van Abel SO OF
32 Ashley Van Zeeland FR IF
20 Caitlyn Warren FR OF
13 Kendra Wright JR OF
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Badgers host Northwestern in Big Ten series
• Wisconsin (33-9, 10-5) continues Big Ten action at Goodman Diamond on Wednesday when it hosts Northwestern (25-16, 9-5) in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.

• The Badgers are 11-26 all-time against Northwestern, posting a 2-3 record in head coach Yvette Healy's first two seasons at the helm. Wednesday's games mark the sixth and seventh-consecutive time the two teams have met at Goodman Diamond. 

• NU's 9-5 league record has it in a tie for fourth with Minnesota in the standings. The Badgers are in third with a 10-5 record. The top four teams in the league will receive a bye in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

• The Badgers and Wildcats sit in a tie for second in the Big Ten with a .313 batting average. NU holds a better slugging percentage (.498) than UW (.453), but Wisconsin is winning the battle of hits, 356-352.

• NU's 3.58 team ERA ranks ninth in the league, while UW is second with a 1.86 team ERA. Taylor Watkins leads OSU with a .378 batting average. The freshman outfielder has played in all 41 games for the Buckeyes, recording 51 hits in 135 at bats.

• Amy Letourneau leads NU in most offensive and pitching categories, recording a .375 batting average and 2.23 ERA. The sophomore earned her second Big Ten Player of the Week honor of the season this week after leading NU in a three-game road sweep of Penn State.

 vs. Northwestern |  Goodman Diamond  |  Madison, Wis.
 Dates  April 24| 3/5 p.m.
 Location  Goodman Diamond | Madison, Wis.
 Live Stats  Game 1  |  Game 2
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Neutral site record
With its 9-0 win over Eastern Michigan on March 16, UW recorded its 19th neutral site win of the season, setting a school record for most neutral site wins in a season. The previous record of 18 was set in 2001.

League Leaders
The Badgers rank second in the Big Ten (as of April 21) with a team ERA of 1.86 and is tied with Northwestern with a team batting average of .313. UW's on base percentage (.394) and hits (356) are third-best, while it ranks second with 83 stolen bases. UW's 1.86 team ERA and .222 opponent batting average rank second.

Mary Massei ranks second with 63 hits and three triples. Her batting average (.438) ranks fifth and her .694 slugging percentage is seventh. Whitney Massey's 15 doubles are tied for the most in the league.

Meghan McIntosh ranks third in the Big Ten with a 1.62 ERA and is second with an opposing batting average of .181.

National Noise
The seventh release of the NCAA Division I softball statistics on April 21 saw the Badgers ranked in the top 50 in five individual and four team categories. UW ranks 10th with 2.0 stolen bases per game and 17th with a 1.86 team ERA. Its .786 winning percentage is 17th and batting average (.313) is 27th.

Whitney Massey's with 0.36 doubles per game are 13th, Mary Massei's .438 batting average is 22th, while Michelle Mueller ranks 41st with 3.0 sacrifice flies. Cassandra Darrah's 19 victories are 27th, while her 5.0 shutouts rank 44th.

Badgers in the Polls
The Badgers' hot start drew the attention of coaches and media in the April 1 national polls. For the first time since 2002, Wisconsin was ranked in the national polls. The Badgers were ranked No. 25 in the April 1 edition of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll. After receiving votes in the previous three ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Polls, UW made its program debut in the poll at No. 23.

Wisconsin was last ranked in a national poll during the 2002 season, checking in at No. 25 in the USA Today/NFCA rankings on March 21. The Badgers' highest ranking came in the 2001 season when they were ranked No. 21 three times.

Following its series loss at Minnesota, the Badgers dropped out of both April 8 polls, receiving 16 votes in the NFCA poll and 19 in the USA Softball poll. This week, UW received six votes in the USA Softball poll and 18 in the NFCA poll.

The Big Ten's Best
For the first time in program history, five different Badgers have earned Big Ten weekly honors. Meghan McIntosh became the most recent honoree after pitching her second no-hitter of the season on April 7 against Minnesota. McIntosh went the distance, throwing all six innings, striking out eight and walking five.

Cassandra Darrah picked up her second pitcher of the week honor on March 25 after pitching two complete games and earning two wins at Illinois March 22-23. Darrah was also named pitcher of the week on Feb. 11 after pitching a career-high 11 innings in UW's 6-5 win over Notre Dame, tying a career-high with 10 strikeouts.

Michelle Mueller and McIntosh picked up a pair of Big Ten weekly honors following the Saluki Invitational March 9-10. Mueller was named player of the week following an eight hit, seven RBI weekend where she batted .615. McIntosh picked up pitcher of the week honors after recording a pair of wins, including a shutout and no-hitter.

Mary Massei and Taylor-Paige Stewart both earned Big Ten weekly honors following their performances at the Diamond 9 Tournament, Feb. 22-24. Massei finished the weekend with a .571 batting average, driving in nine runs and scoring seven. Stewart posted a win and a save in the circle against Boston and Georgia Southern, respectively, posting a spotless ERA.

Meghan McIntosh threw her second no-hitter of the season on April 7 against Minnesota, becoming the second Badger to throw two no-hitters in the same season. McIntosh threw her first career no-hitter on March 10 against Eastern Kentucky, while Cassandra Darrah accomplished the feat on Feb. 22 against Georgia Southern to mark the first UW no-hitter in 12 seasons. It is the first time in school history that the Badgers have recorded three no-hitters in the same season and the first time that two different pitchers have achieved the feat.

Badgers take down Cardinal
UW's 4-0 win over No. 16 Stanford on March 1 marked the program's first win over a ranked opponent since the 2005 season when it defeated No. 19 Iowa. The win was also the first ever over the Cardinal.

Massey Sets Doubles record
Whitney Massey hit six doubles at the Diamond 9 Tournament Feb. 22-24, breaking UW's career doubles record with a two-bagger on Saturday, Feb. 23, against Boston University. Massey now has 47 career doubles, besting the previous record of 36 set by Julie Borchard in 1999.

Blackshear reaches 100 RBI mark
A bunt single against Charlotte on Feb. 8 marked Shannel Blackshear's 100th career RBI. The senior added a pair at the Saluki Invitational March 9-10 to tie the UW school record of 114 set by Julie Borchard. Blackshear recorded five at the Louisville Classic to take ownership of the mark with 119 career RBI. The senior now has 130 career RBI.  

Massei Streaking
Mary Massei recorded a hit in the first 11 games of the season, tying a career-best hitting streak. Massei's hitting streak ended against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 28, but her on base streak continued until March 3, reaching 16 games.

Badgers Take Down Irish
UW posted two wins over Notre Dame at the First Pitch Classic and both wins came courtesy of the long ball. Michelle Mueller's home run and Cassandra Darrah's strong performance in the circle led the Badgers to a 1-0 win over Notre Dame on Feb. 9 and it was three, two-run homers on Feb. 10 that led UW to a thrilling 11 inning win.

Massei Hits Walk Off
Mary Massei recorded the Badgers first walk off home run in almost four seasons, The junior right fielder belted a two-run home run in the 11th inning against Notre Dame on Feb. 10 to lead the Badgers to victory. It was the first walk off homer for UW since 2008 when Valyncia Raphael hit the game-winner against Princeton.  

Massei Productive at the Plate
Mary Massei crossed home plate five times in the Badgers' 12-3 win over Charlotte on Feb. 8. Massei used four hits and one walk to score a school-record five runs.

Healy Wins 200th Game
The Badgers' win over Georgia Southern on Feb. 22 marked head coach Yvette Healy's 200th career win. Now in her ninth season of collegiate coaching, Healy holds a career 228-223-1 record. In three seasons at UW, Healy has posted a 97-51 record.

2013 Game Notes
Feb. 5 - First Pitch Classic
Feb. 20 - Diamond 9 Tournament
Feb. 27 - Easton Invitational
Mar. 6 - Saluki Invitational
Mar. 13 - Louisville Classic
Mar. 20 - at Illinois
Mar. 26 - at Iowa
April 3 - at Minnesota
April 10 - at Nebraska
April 15 -  vs. Green Bay
April 19 - vs. Ohio State

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