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.
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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.
It was a year of overachievement for the Wisconsin softball team (11-11-1 Big Ten, 28-24-1 overall), as they won at least one game against every conference opponent they played in the regular season. The team also qualified for the Big Ten tournament, which was a major season-long goal according to head coach Yvette Healy.
Chloe Miller's offensive output was instrumental in Wisconsin's game one win against the Bulls.
When it comes to archetypes, sports are chock-full of them. There’s the tall but slow center in basketball, the loud, team-leading middle linebacker in football and the low average, power-hitting catcher in softball and baseball.
Kelsey Jenkins reached base nine times over the weekend.
After Louisville jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Kirsten Stevens , Mariah Watts slowed down the Cardinals until their four-run outburst in the sixth inning.
Wisconsin (3-14 Big Ten, 19-28 overall) will play their final home games of the season in a doubleheader Wednesday against rival Minnesota (15-3, 41-8).
Marissa Mersch was one of three seniors honored Sunday.
Nebraska (15-5 Big Ten, 29-19 overall) swept Wisconsin (3-14, 19-28) in a three-game series at Goodman Diamond this weekend, the fifth straight loss for a Badger team struggling through conference play.
The Wisconsin softball team will host a three-game series this weekend against a sizzling-hot Nebraska club that has earned wins in 6 of its last 7 outings while outscoring opponents by 34 runs in the process.
Freshman utility player Kelsey Jenkins carried Wisconsin’s offense against Illinois, hitting 7-of-11 in the series.
This past weekend the Badgers (4-12 Big Ten, 19-25 overall) competed in a hard-fought series with Illinois but only managed one win in three games. Wisconsin’s offense drove it to one win and at least kept the other games close.
Ready to get buck in here? Jonah Beleckis is. The Herald won’t be ready for his shirtless shenanigans.
Cardinal staffers have long been practicing their celebration moves for when they inevitably win again this Saturday.
After a 10-game home stand, Wisconsin (3-10 Big Ten, 18-23 overall) heads to Champaign this weekend for a three-game series against Illinois (8-4, 18-21).
Taylor-Paige Stewart struggled against Louisville in game one but then bounced back to defeat North Carolina State.
Despite averaging 10 runs per game over their last four matchups, Wisconsin (17-22 overall, 2-9 Big Ten) dropped two of three games over the weekend against Iowa (14-31, 5-9).
Kelsey Jenkins was the MVP on defense throughout the series, including a bases-loaded play that sealed a win.