While Madison is as cold and snowy as ever, the softball team is heating up, spending its last two weekends in the Sunshine State to open up their 2014 season.
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The Wisconsin softball team took the field against Illinois State Saturday in a pair of fall exhibition games, winning 3-0 and 3-2.
The best season in school history wasn't complete—not yet.
Junior outfielder Mary Massei has increased her hit total in each of her three seasons at Wisconsin. She set a single-season school record with her 65th hit April 26 against Indiana.
For anyone who has suffered through a cold, drawn-out Wisconsin winter, there is little to brag about when describing the weather in the Midwest. While walking more than a quarter of a mile outside in early February is often a challenge, battling the harsh conditions of an often non-existent spring proves to be even more difficult for softball players. Such an unforgiving climate makes for a few months of almost solely indoor practices and numerous cross-country road trips for the Wisconsin softball team.
There are certain things you come to expect in life. Lindsay Lohan getting arrested. Dubstep making your head pound. A less-than-pleasant bathroom experience after Taco Bell (but that second gordita crunchwrap supreme was so worth it).
This Saturday will be defined by three words: bats, balls and glory.
Wisconsin (35-9 overall, 12-5 Big Ten) swept the Northwestern Wildcats (25-18, 9-7) in a doubleheader at home Wednesday afternoon, coming a month after the original date for the matchup was postponed due to weather.
The Wisconsin softball team (10-5 Big Ten, 33-9 overall) plays host to Northwestern (9-5, 25-16) Wednesday in a Big Ten conference doubleheader. The Wildcats look to knock off a surging Badger squad coming off a three-game sweep of Ohio State last weekend.
The Wisconsin softball team (10-5 Big Ten, 33-9 overall) resumed Big Ten action with a bang this weekend at home against Ohio State (6-9, 27-17). The Badgers display of resiliency and teamwork lead to a series sweep of the Buckeyes at Goodman Diamond.
The Wisconsin softball team (7-5 Big Ten, 29-8 overall) will return home Tuesday afternoon for the first time this season. The Badgers will battle in-state rival UW Green Bay (9-18 overall) in a double-header beginning at 3 p.m.
Wisconsin, which won 25 of its first 29 games, is 4-4 in its last eight games. Barring another cancellation from poor weather conditions, UW will make its home debut Tuesday against Green Bay.
Due to a pair of rainouts April 10, the Badgers (7-5 Big Ten, 29-8 overall) extended their streak to 37-straight road games this weekend as they met No. 22 Nebraska (8-3, 30-9) for three games.
Wisconsin (6-3 Big Ten, 28-6 overall) will take on No. 22 Nebraska (6-2, 28-8) this weekend in a three-game series in Lincoln, Neb.
The Wisconsin softball team (6-3 Big Ten, 28-6 overall) travelled to the Twin Cities this weekend to face off against conference foe Minnesota in a three-game series. The Badgers looked to build upon a hot start to their Big Ten schedule winning five of their first six conference games against Illinois and Iowa.
The Badger softball team (5-1 Big Ten, 24-7 overall) began conference play this past week, taking on Big Ten opponents Illinois (1-5, 11-7) and Iowa (1-5, 20-13) in two separate away tournaments. Wisconsin was scheduled to play two same-day games at home against Northwestern (16-13, 2-3) March 27, but both were postponed due to poor weather conditions.