Wisconsin travels to Oregon for NCAA regional


This Week in Softball

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. Nebraska L, 12-0 (5)
April 30 vs. Nebraska W, 6-4
May 2 at #7 Michigan W, 9-3
May 3 at #7 Michigan L, 10-1 (6)
May 4 at #7 Michigan W, 6-5 (9)
May 9 vs. Northwestern
(Big Ten Tourney)

W, 5-4

May 9 vs. #10 Michigan L, 4-3
May 16

vs. Albany (NCAA Tourney)

4 p.m. CT


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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• For the second straight year, the NCAA tournament-bound Wisconsin softball team will head west to compete in the Eugene Regional hosted by Oregon this Friday through Sunday, May 16-18. UW will open regional action against Albany on Friday in a 4 p.m. (CT) contest at Howe Field. Oregon, the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, will play Utah Valley in the other game on Friday at 7 p.m. (CT). The opening rounds feature a double-elimination format, with the winner advancing to the Super Regional round.

• The trip marks the fifth NCAA tournament appearance in UW history, and the Badgers' first-ever back-to-back tournament appearances. Wisconsin is 3-8 in its 11 previous NCAA tournament contests, with two wins coming last year in Eugene.

WISCONSIN at NCAA Regional
Dates Friday, May 16 - Sunday, May 18
Location Eugene, Ore. | Howe Field
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• The Badgers enter the weekend with a 34-18 record after bowing out in the semifinals of the 2014 Big Ten Softball Tournament last weekend to eventual runner-up Michigan. UW has won 17 of its last 20 games heading into the NCAA tournament after a 17-15 start to the 2014 campaign.

• The Great Danes of Albany (30-10), won their fifth America East Conference championship on Sunday. UW and UA have never met, but Wisconsin holds a 7-0 all-time record against teams from the America East.

• UW won its only-ever meeting with Utah Valley (18-40), defeating the Wolverines, 4-3, in 2008. The Wolverines won the WAC tournament title, marking the first team sport in Utah Valley's Division I history to reach the NCAA postseason.

• The Badgers faced Oregon (49-7-1) last year in Eugene, falling to the Ducks, 3-0, in the final game of the regional. Wisconsin is 0-4 all-time against Oregon.

LAST TIME OUT - Michigan, May 10, 2014
If each of the last two games in the series between the University of Wisconsin softball team and the Michigan Wolverines is any indication of how future matchups will play out, the Big Ten may be in for one of the more entertaining rivalries in recent history.

Despite a solo home run from freshman Chloe Miller in the top of the seventh inning that gave UW a 3-2 lead, Michigan escaped with a 4-3 win Saturday thanks to a two-run outburst in the bottom of the frame. That included the game-winning RBI from Caitlin Blanchard that pushed the Wolverines into the conference title game at Sharon J. Drysdale Field on Saturday. 

With the semifinal game tied at 2-2, Miller led off the seventh inning by sending a 1-1 pitch to deep center field for a solo home run, her 10th longball of the season. Miller's blast helped Wisconsin regain the lead and put the pressure on Michigan to extend or end the game in the bottom half of the final inning.

The Wolverines answered the call, as Blanchard singled to left field, sending Nicole Sappingfield home for the game-winning run.

"I'm proud of the Big Ten," UW head coach Yvette Healy said. "That's the biggest takeaway. I have so much pride playing and coaching in this conference with how good the teams are.

"Northwestern is phenomenal and you look at Michigan and you look at Minnesota and it's just stacked." 

The Badgers used some aggressive batting early on to take the lead in the top of the first inning. 

Mary Massei sent a first-pitch fastball out of the park, homering to right field and scoring Stephanie Peace to give UW a 2-0 advantage. Michigan countered with a two-run third inning, as Sierra Romero tied the game with an RBI home run off of Badgers pitcher Cassandra Darrah

A solid outing for Darrah, which included just four hits and three strikeouts in four innings pitched, was overshadowed by Michigan's walk-off win in the seventh inning.

Darrah relieved UW's starting pitcher, Taylor-Paige Stewart, in the top of the third inning. Stewart struck out one batter in two innings pitched, while giving up three hits.

LAST YEAR IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Last year in the NCAA tournament, Mary Massei led the Badgers with a .333 average, collecting five hits, while Marissa Mersch tallied a team-high three RBI and added three hits. Mersch along with Stephanie Peace each hit home runs during the tournament. Cassandra Darrah, despite a 1-2 record, recorded an ERA of 1.67 and recorded 13 strikeouts in 21 innings of work.

GETTING HOT AT THE RIGHT TIME
Wisconsin has found its groove towards the end of the season, winning 17 of its past 20 contests, with the three losses coming against top-25 teams. During the stretch, Taylor-Paige Stewart sports a 7-0 record in the circle, while Michelle Mueller has seven home runs and a slugging percentage of .783. Freshman catcher Chloe Miller also has six dingers during the 20-game period while slugging .786.

BEATING THE BEST
Wisconsin is 11-12 against teams in the 2014 NCAA tournament field, owning two wins over Michigan, Northwestern and Green Bay as well as victories over Arizona, Long Beach State, Louisville, Minnesota and Nebraska.

The Badgers hold a 6-12 record versus the top-25 this season. UW took two-of-three against No. 6 Michigan and won a game vs. No. 19 Nebraska two weeks ago to pick up half of their wins against ranked teams. 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 also gained 7-5 victories against then-No. 7 Arizona on March 7 and No. 23 Northwestern on March 22.

THREE IN THE MAGIC NUMBER
In games the Badgers score three runs or more, Wisconsin has a record of 31-3. When the Cardinal and White fail to score three runs the squad holds a 3-15 ledger.

SCORING EARLY AND OFTEN
In 2014, Wisconsin has outscored its opponents 235-176. 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 51 runs compared to 17 against--a whopping 34-run difference. Wisconsin is also 20-3 in games this year where it scores in the first inning.

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.

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.

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
Nebraska
Michigan
Big Ten tournament
NCAA tournament
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