Softball: Badgers enter final nonconference tournament before Big Ten season
The Badgers (10-9 overall) will be closing out their nonconference season at the Louisville Classic this weekend.
Ending the Judi Garman Classic with two big wins last weekend, Wisconsin hopes to maintain that momentum into their next games.
“Getting those big wins was, as a team, something that we wanted,” senior out?elder Mary Massei said.
The Badgers have played a high caliber of players so far this season.
“I have faced All-Americans all spring, who have de?nitely prepared me face future hitters. Our tough schedule has helped in going forward with the rest of our season,” senior pitcher Cassandra Darrah said. “Just playing as a team, and keeping everyone motivated and upbeat, playing our game; we have strategy behind Wisconsin softball, so we need to continue buying into that.”
The Badgers will face Kent State (10-7), Iowa State (15-6) and Louisville (13-7) during the upcoming tournament. Returning to the Midwest will help the Badgers mentally prepare for conference play.
“All three teams are really good,” head coach Yvette Healy said. “It will be nice to compete in the Midwest, having to match up with all warm weather schools the entire time, so getting back in our region will be nice for us.”
Taking what the Badgers learned from previous games this season, Healy hopes the team applies it in this next tournament.
“I think we have played a really tough schedule up to this point, it would be fun to use all the lessons that we have learned with playing such a tough schedule, and come back regionally to get some winning waves going, we would be really happy about that,” Healy said.
Coming to the end of the nonconference games, the Badgers have learned a lot. Healy believes “now it is time to take all those lessons and put them to use.”Subscribe to The Daily Cardinal Newsletter