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Earth Day observers who were anticipating a close and exciting softball game between The Daily Cardinal and The Badger Herald might be out of luck. The Herald—all eight of them—reportedly don’t have enough people or the will to even show up on time to the annual showdown at Vilas Park.
The UW softball team hopes the phrase, “Things are better in pairs,” will hold true this Wednesday.
Wisconsin (6-6 Big Ten, 27-8 overall) continued its success away from home this season last weekend, taking two of three games from Purdue (6-8, 17-29) to reach .500 in the Big Ten.
After an exciting finish to last weekend’s home series against Iowa, Wisconsin (4-5 Big Ten, 25-7 overall) will look to build on early Big Ten success and come away with a couple victories against Purdue (16-27, 5-6) in West Lafayette, Ind.
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To paraphrase Stefon from Saturday Night Live, this game had everything.
After slamming the Iowa Hawkeyes (9-22, 3-5) in a seven-run rout Friday night at the Goodman Diamond, the Wisconsin Badgers (24-7, 3-5) were outplayed in the second game of the series, losing 4-3. Wisconsin outhit the Hawkeyes 9-to-2 in the first game, but was outhit 10-to-4 by its Big Ten West rival Saturday afternoon.
Kelsey Jenkins hit the Badgers' first leadoff home run in three years during Sunday's win over the Boilermakers.
Wisconsin (24-6, 3-4) rebounded from last weekend’s less-than-stellar showing against Nebraska with a big win, beating Iowa (9-22, 3-5) 8-1 Friday night at the Goodman Diamond. Led by freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Menz and senior utility player Chloe Miller, perhaps the team’s two most important members, the Badgers overpowered the Hawkeyes from the outset and never took their foot off the gas. Friday’s win was a complete team effort; five different Badgers drove in runs and eight different players scored.
The Badgers split their six-game tournament, but had plenty of positives to take away.
After getting swept at the hands of the Nebraska Cornhuskers last week, the Wisconsin softball team (2-4 Big Ten, 23-6 overall) hopes to righten the ship Friday when the Iowa Hawkeyes (2-4, 8-21) travel to the Goodman Complex.
Nebraska (3-3 Big Ten, 11-20 overall) spoiled the Badgers' first weekend in Madison, sweeping No. 21 Wisconsin (2-4, 23-6) right out of their own stadium Sunday.
The No. 22 Badgers couldn’t quite pull out a victory against Nebraska in their home opener, falling 7-4 in eight innings. After a hot start that brought in four runs in the first four innings, Wisconsin’s offense cooled down and was held scoreless for the last four innings of the contest.
After a stellar 2016 campaign, the UW softball team has knocked already-high expectations out of the park in 2017.
No. 21 Wisconsin (2-1 Big Ten, 23-3 overall) entered last weekend’s series against Northwestern (1-2, 12-16) in Evanston with tons of momentum, riding a 12-game win streak that included a no-hitter from freshman Kaitlyn Menz just a few days earlier. However, the Badgers still had a daunting three game set in front of them, as they were attempting to win their first series in Evanston since 2001.
Offensive fireworks were the theme of the weekend for Wisconsin Softball, as the Badgers outscored their opponents 35-7 on the way to a 3-0 record in the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic.
The Badgers’ stellar start to the 2017 campaign continued this past weekend in Fort Myers, Fla., at the Sheraton Invitational. Wisconsin won four of five games to bring its overall record this season to 12-2.
The Badgers are clearly enjoying being away from the frigid Madison weather. Wisconsin softball, playing in the Michele Smith Pediatric Cancer Foundation Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., wrapped up their second of three consecutive series in the Sunshine State with success this past weekend. The Badgers came away with a 2-1 record, including wins over St. Joseph’s and Hofstra. Their only loss of the tournament, and first of the year, came to No. 14 James Madison.
The Badgers opened their season with a bang last week in Cedar Falls, Iowa at the Ramada UNI-Dome Classic, coming away with a perfect 4-0 record. Led by senior center fielder Chloe Miller, who batted .615 for the tournament, Wisconsin faced little trouble on their way to the tournament title.