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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 W, 2-1
April 26 vs. Purdue W, 6-5
April 27 vs. Purdue W, 7-3
April 30 vs. #19 Nebraska L, 12-0
April 30 vs. #19 Nebraska W, 6-4
May 2 at #7 Michigan 5 p.m.
May 3 at #7 Michigan 6:30 p.m.
May 4 at #7 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 (31-16, 13-6) travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., to meet Michigan (39-9, 17-3) in a three-game weekend series to cap off its regular season schedule. Saturday night’s game can be viewed on Big Ten Network.

• Michigan has dominated the all-time series, winning 32 of 37 games, dating back to the teams’ first meeting in 1996. Wisconsin has found some success in Ann Arbor, though, winning four of 12 games. Until last season, the Badgers had lost 20-straight games to Michigan. Wisconsin took down the then-No. 6 Wolverines, 9-3, in the Big Ten Tournament to earn a berth in the conference championship, which they eventually won over Minnesota.

• The Wolverines enter the weekend, dropping two of its last five games. Michigan lost, 3-2, against Purdue on April 23 and was run-ruled, 10-2, in six innings by Illinois last Saturday. U of M posts a 7-6 record against top-25 opponents. The Wolverines have dethroned then-No. 25 USF, now-No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette, then-No. 5 Kentucky, now-No. 2 UCLA, then-No. 7 Arizona, and No. 12 Minnesota (twice).

• Michigan currently leads the Big Ten standings with a 17-3 record. The Wolverines also post the best batting average (.349), earned run average (1.65) and fielding percentage (.979) in the conference. Wolverine batters have recorded 119 extra-base hits (66 doubles, nine triples and 44 home runs), while drawing 165 walks. U of M pitchers have allowed just 235 hits in 301.1 innings pitched for an average of .78 hits per inning and struck out 279 batters.

• Wisconsin is currently fourth in the Big Ten at 13-6. The Badgers have the eighth-best batting average (.281) and fifth-best earned run average (3.02). The team has stolen the most bases in the conference by far, swiping 102 bags in 125 attempts. The next-best stolen base total is 61 by Northwestern and Purdue.

WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN
Dates

Friday, May 2 | 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 | 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 4 | 12 p.m.

Location Ann Arbor, Mich. | Wilpon Complex
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LAST TIME OUT - DH vs. Nebraska, April 30, 2014
Despite a loss in its first game of a doubleheader against No. 19 Nebraska, the Wisconsin softball team rallied to defeat the Cornhuskers, 6-4, in the Badgers’ home finale at Goodman Diamond on Wednesday.

“We said, ‘It doesn’t matter if they won 12 to nothing or one to nothing’,” Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy said. “The goal was to just be able to get a win. So we had missed our goals at that point. When you’re facing a team that’s ranked, if you take one [game], it’s a big deal. So we were just trying to keep focused on that.”

UW’s win against Nebraska in the second game marked the Badgers’ fourth against a ranked team this year, and the program’s third-ever triumph against the Cornhuskers.

The Badgers started the second game on a good note, scoring a run in the bottom of the first on a two-out RBI double from freshman catcher Chloe Miller. Wisconsin added three more runs in the second, including a two-run double from Mary Massei, the 52nd double of her career, setting a new Badger record. It was the first time Nebraska allowed a run in six games, dating back to April 18 in a 14-1 blowout of Ohio State.

Nebraska’s scoring came mostly courtesy of the long ball, as the Huskers scored their first run on a  home run from freshman third baseman MJ Knighton and tied the game thanks to a two-run blast in the fifth from Tatum Edwards.

But Wisconsin would prevail thanks to a two-run bomb to center by Miller in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead it would never relinquish.

“I was really ready to face Tatum Edwards,” Miller said. “We knew she threw a drop ball, and I was really prepared for that. Really, just visualizing. We come in here during a little game break, and we took a long time of it just visualizing. Visualizing hitting the ball, taking balls, swinging at good pitches.”

Taylor-Page Stewart improved to 13-5 on the season, as the sophomore allowed four runs on 10 hits and struck out three. The Calabasas, Calif., native was able to strand three NU runners in the final two innings to help the Badgers come away with the win.

The Cornhuskers, who lead the conference in home runs, hit three long balls, including two grand slams, in the first contest to run-rule the Badgers, 12-0.

Taylor Edwards, the conference’s leader in home runs, won a 16-pitch battle against Cassandra Darrah in the second inning to put Nebraska up 4-0 early. The senior catcher spoiled numerous pitches until she found one over the plate, poking it over the left center field wall for her 52nd career home run. The home run puts her just one back from the Nebraska record.

Taylor Edwards wasn’t the only tough out for Darrah, though, as the Cornhuskers seemingly fouled off pitch after pitch. The Wisconsin pitcher was forced to throw 122 pitches, 74 of those for strikes. Comparatively, Nebraska’s Emily Lockman threw just 81 pitches in the five-inning shutout.

Edward’s twin sister, Tatum, hit a two-run home run to cap off a three-run fourth inning before Hailey Decker hit the second grand slam of the game in the five-run fifth for the Cornhuskers.

“It was something to build on,” Healy said. “You look for every little part of it. And even with Darrah getting hit hard in that first game, I said, ‘Look, we’re facing Michigan this weekend. These are the best hitters in the country, and you’re facing two to three All-Americans in that lineup for this season for sure.’ So I don’t think it was us playing bad as much as it was them playing at the high level they’ve been playing at all year.”

SCORING EARLY AND OFTEN
In 2014, Wisconsin has outscored its opponents 219-158. The Badgers have tallied more runs than their opponent in five of seven innings, trailing in the just fourth and fifth innings by a combined score of 75-58. UW’s largest scoring margin is in the first inning in which its plated 50 runs compared to 17 against--a whopping 33-run difference.

On top of scoring 61 more total runs than its foes this season, Wisconsin posts a 28-2 record when registering three or more runs in a game. 14 of the Badgers’ 16 losses have come when the team score 0-2 runs.

WISCONSIN WIN STREAK
The Badgers amassed a 13-game win streak, spanning April 9-26, which tied last season’s record for the longest in program history. Wisconsin outscored its opponents 88-34 over the 17-day streak and held its foes to two runs or fewer in eight of the contests. In addition, Mary Massei and Michelle Mueller both hit above .400. The pair tallied 32-percent of the team’s 112 hits (36), including 17 extra-base hits (seven doubles and 10 home runs) and a massive 40 RBI.

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.

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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Minnesota

North Dakota

Illinois

Green Bay

Penn State

Purdue

Nebraska
Michigan
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