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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 W, 6-3
April 19 at Penn State W, 4-0
April 19 at Penn State W, 5-2
April 25 vs. Purdue 4 p.m.
April 25 vs. Purdue 6 p.m.
April 26 vs. Purdue 1 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 (27-15, 9-5) hosts Purdue (25-22-1, 12-5) in a Big Ten showdown at Goodman Diamond this weekend in the Badgers’ final home weekend series of the year. The Badgers and Boilermakers meet in a doubleheader on Friday. Game one will begin at 4 p.m. and air on BTN with game two starting at 6 p.m.. The series will wrap up with a 1 p.m. game on Saturday.

• The second annual Get To Goodman game will take place on Saturday as the Badgers look to break their single-game attendance record of 2,007. The game is also the annual Youth Team Day and free ice cream will be available to fans in attendance while supplies last courtesy of Schoep’s Ice Cream.

• The Badgers enter the weekend with a 10-game winning streak, the longest current such streak in the Big Ten. During the streak, Wisconsin has outscored its opponents 73-25 and has held its opponents to two runs or fewer in seven of the contests. In addition, Mary Massei has 15 hits during the streak, while Michelle Mueller has six home runs and 22 RBI during the 10-game stretch.

• On the season, Michelle Mueller ranks second in the Big Ten in RBI with 45 and is tied for third in home runs with 10. Mary Massei’s eight home runs rank sixth in the league, while her 53 hits rank eighth in the conference.

• The Badgers trail the series with Purdue 25-15. The Boilermakers won the last series against the Badgers back in 2012, winning two of three in West Lafayette, Ind.

• The Boilermakers enter the weekend winners of their past five series in Big Ten play. Purdue has won Big Ten series this year against Penn State, Michigan State, Indiana, Ohio State and Illinois. Andie Varsho leads the Purdue offense with a .448 batting average and 40 runs. Varsho also has 22 steals, which ranks second in the Big Ten.

WISCONSIN vs. PURDUE
Dates

Friday, April 25 | 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 | 1 p.m.

Location Madison, Wis. | Goodman Diamond
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LAST TIME OUT - at Penn State, April 19, 2014
Wisconsin won its ninth and 10th-straight games in a doubleheader sweep of Penn State Saturday in University Park, Pa., shutting out the Nittany Lions, 4-0, in the first game and taking game two, 5-2.

"To play on the road is always a big deal," UW head coach Yvette Healy. "It's tough to get Big Ten wins on the road. Penn State, especially, has had Wisconsin's number for a lot of years. It's been a while since we beat Penn State on the road, so to come out and take the series really makes it special."

A pitcher's duel in game one led to a scoreless first three innings for both squads.

But a leadoff double by Marissa Mersch--her first of the season--in the fourth got things started for the Badgers (27-15, 9-5 Big Ten).

The Downers Grove, Ill., native proceeded to swipe third base and score on a passed ball committed by Penn State catcher Karlie Habitz.

Mersch repeated her fourth-inning antics in the sixth when she found the left center gap again for a two-bagger. Stephanie Peace singled on a bouncer through the left side, driving in Mersch, who slid in safely to beat a close play at the plate.

Chloe Miller followed the RBI single with her second home run in as many games, smashing it off the top of the scoreboard in left center field for a two-run bomb.

Penn State had its best opportunity to cut into UW's lead in the bottom of the sixth, as Lexi Knief and Reina Furuya singled and doubled to put runners on second and third with one out.

Taylor-Paige Stewart buckled down, though, forcing a pop out to second base and fly out to left field to retire the Nittany Lions.

The sophomore finished off PSU with a one-two-three seventh inning to pick up her 11th win of the season. Stewart struck out seven and walked none in the three-hitter. Her 105 strikeouts is just one short of the team lead, which her counterpart, Cassandra Darrah, holds despite having more than 50 more innings pitched.

In game two, the Badgers capitalized on two errors in the third inning to get out to a 3-0 lead.

Megan Tancill reached on an infield single with one out, which was followed by a double by Mary Massei off the left field wall.

Mersch then tried to manufacture a run with a bunt, but she popped it up. Third baseman Sam Shanahan muffed the easy catch, though, loading the bases.

Tancill was forced out at home on Mueller's fielder's choice ground ball to Penn State pitcher Marlaina Laubach.

With two outs and the bases still juiced, Peace hit a lazy fly ball to left field that looked to bail Laubach out of the inning, unscathed.

Blinded by the sun, Alyssa Sovereign got a piece of the ball, but it tipped off her glove to score three runs. Peace reached third on the play.

Wisconsin added two more runs in the fourth inning, as the Nittany Lions committed another error and Massei recorded her second double of the game.

Ashley Van Zeeland led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second thanks to Maria Van Abel's sacrifice bunt.

Tancill reached on an error by second baseman Shelby Miller, as she couldn't squeeze the catch trying to cover first base.

Massei made Penn State pay, driving in her 27th and 28th runs of the season.

The Nittany Lions responded in the fourth inning with two runs--their lone tallies of the day.

Cassandra Darrah retired nine of the final 11 batters she faced, mowing down PSU in the seventh with her only three strikeouts of the game. The senior gathered her 16th win of the season, allowing five hits and just one walk on the day.

Wisconsin pitchers anchored the team's weekend success, allowing just two runs in the doubleheader and five total in the series.

"I give all the credit to (assistant) coach (Tracie) Adix. She's been working with the pitchers on being competitive and being tough on the mound. I think they really set the tone this weekend and did a nice job of changing speeds and hitting their spots and keeping hitters off balance."

MUELLER'S MONSTER WEEK
Senior third baseman Michelle Mueller was nearly unstoppable in the batter’s box April 9-16, 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).

500 CLUB
Wisconsin won its 500th game, 3-2, on April 12 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 505-491-2 for a winning percentage of .507. The Badgers have just six sub-.500 years in 18 completed seasons.

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

Penn State

Purdue

 

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