This past weekend, Wisconsin softball (14-10 overall) traveled to Tampa, Florida for the USF Tournament, their final pre-season tournament, and played five games over three days.
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The Wisconsin Badgers softball team (10-9 overall) competed in the Sun Devil Classic Tournament last weekend, and played in five games over three days.
After ending the 2019 season 43-19 — the second-most wins in program history and the fastest team to reach 30 wins ever for Wisconsin — Badger softball came into the 2020 season looking to write more stats in the history book. With 13 returning players and some fresh new faces, Wisconsin (10-9 overall) began the season with a hopeful outlook.
Two hours of rain delays weren’t enough to keep No. 21 Wisconsin from earning a series sweep over Iowa Sunday evening at The Goodman softball complex.
Caroline Hedgcock stepped into the box with confidence. She looked for her pitch, hoping to drive in the two runners on base and break the game open for the Badgers.
After graduating five seniors from a team that produced a respectable 29-23 record in 2018, Wisconsin softball head coach Yvette Healy came into the season with an optimism that suggested more was yet to come from the Badgers.
Where has this been all year?
Wisconsin (6-6 Big Ten, 21-17 overall) climbed back to .500 in conference play with a series win against Purdue (4-10, 13-34) this weekend at Goodman Diamond. The Badgers rallied from a tough loss in game one to take the next two tilts behind the stellar pitching of Haley Hestekin. The freshman from Kaukauna, Wis., threw 227 pitches over 14 innings between her two starts, allowing only one earned run on the way to her 10th and 11th wins of the season.
The Wisconsin Badgers (4-5 Big Ten, 20-16 overall) stretched their win streak to four with two wins over conference rival Illinois (6-6, 25-13) last Thursday. The series’ third game scheduled for Friday was cancelled due to rain. The Illini were coming off a three-game sweep against Maryland in which they tallied 38 runs, but were unable to get their bats going at any point against Badger hurlers Kaitlyn Menz and Haley Hestekin. Both Menz and Hestekin went the distance on their way to their tenth wins of the year.
The Badgers (2-5 Big Ten, 18-16 overall) got back on track Wednesday at Goodman Diamond with two blowout victories over Wisconsin-Green Bay (4-4, 7-23), 8-0 and 10-2. Wisconsin put its record above .500 with the wins and gained momentum entering a double header on Friday with Illinois (6-4, 25-13). All four Badger pitchers saw action Wednesday, with sophomore Kaitlyn Menz and freshman Haley Hestekin recording the wins.
When it comes to summertime in the Midwest, days are filled with tubing, sitting on a beach, boating on the countless lakes and for many, working. Yes, for two student athletes who play for the Wisconsin Badgers, their summers to this day are spent working and hanging out on their family farms.
With a doubleheader set to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday against conference rival Iowa, the Wisconsin women’s softball team (2-2 Big Ten, 16-13 overall ) will look to take care of business despite its recent struggles. The Badgers are coming off a three game stint with Ohio State in which they dropped two out of three games, marking their fifth loss in their last eight tries.
Wisconsin (2-2 Big Ten, 16-13 overall) struggled against No. 24 Ohio State (2-4, 21-8) in its first conference series of the year, dropping two games of three against the Buckeyes in Columbus. Sophomore Kaitlyn Menz, who was second team All-Big Ten last season, couldn’t stop the Buckeyes’ hot bats in either of her starts, losing the opening and closing games of the weekend. Along with being outhit, the Badgers were outplayed in the field. Wisconsin committed seven errors compared to Ohio State’s three, with five of those errors resulting in runs for the Buckeyes.
Wisconsin (1-0 Big Ten, 15-11 overall) continued its success at home this season with a 6-2 victory over University of Northern Iowa (1-3 Missouri Valley Conference, 16-13) on Tuesday. The Badgers committed only one error and collected seven hits by five different players in their well-rounded victory over UNI.
Weather was the main factor for the weekend series between the Wisconsin Badgers softball team (1-0 Big Ten, 14-11 overall) and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-1, 15-15) as temperatures hovered below 29 degrees on Friday, Saturday delaying the series first game until Sunday, when the weather took a fortuitous turn and peaked above the coveted 29-degree mark.
The Wisconsin Badgers’ (13-11) trip to Tuscon, Az. for the Wildcat Invitational was a microcosm of their season so far: flashes of elite play mixed in with stretches of costly mistakes as Wisconsin took on tough competition in Tuscon, leaving the tournament with two wins and three losses.
Led by senior shortstop Brooke Wyderski’s red-hot bat, Wisconsin (11-8) took care of business over the weekend at the Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla. The Badgers finished the tournament with a record of 4-1, finishing off their last two opponents with a combined score of 19-0.
Wisconsin softball (7-7) had an up-and-down weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif, going 3-3 against a tough slate of opponents. There are still plenty of questions surrounding the Badgers this season as head coach Yvette Healy looks to find her go-to lineup, but one thing is for certain: Wisconsin is a talented group that can play with anyone in the nation when its on its game.
This weekend, the Wisconsin Badgers (4-4) will be competing in the the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
Coming off a 28-24 season in 2016 and a second consecutive year without an NCAA tournament appearance, the outside expectations for Wisconsin’s softball team were moderate coming into the 2017 season. The Badgers didn’t appear on any pre-season watch lists or Top 25 rankings, but head coach Yvette Healy knew that senior catcher Chloe Miller and the rest of the team were capable of more than they had shown the year before.