Record Day: Badgers Softball takes two from Hoosiers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Badgers opened with a run-rule blow out and closed with a school-record 14th Big Ten Conference win Friday night, sweeping Indiana in a doubleheader at Andy Mohr Field in Bloomington, Ind.
Wisconsin (37-9 overall, 14-5 Big Ten) started action with a huge first inning in the opening game. The Badgers scored nine runs on eight hits in the first inning of action. Mary Massei led off the game with her 65th hit of the year, a program record, and the Badgers' offense kept rolling when Shannel Blackshear hit her school-record tying 30th career home run.
Whitney Massey doubled for the 48th time in her career in the third inning to score Wisconsin's 10th run of the game.
Indiana (19-29, 3-14) plated a run in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run by Shannon Cawley, but Wisconsin answered back with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to take a 12-1 lead.
Cassandra Darrah finished out the frame with a pair of fly outs and a ground out, earning her 21st victory of the season. Darrah pitched all five innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out two.
The victory marked head coach Yvette Healy's 100th win at Wisconsin.
The Badgers success continued into the night cap. Wisconsin plated a pair of runs in the top of the third when Massey recorded her school-record tying 11th home run of the season.
Wisconsin used the long ball again in the top of the fourth when Michelle Mueller connected for the third time in four games.
Meghan McIntosh closed out the game, allowing just one hit in the fifth inning to earn her fourth shutout of the year. McIntosh held Indiana scoreless on three hits and struck out eight, while improving to 12-4.
The win marked the Badgers' 14th league victory of the year, a program best.
Wisconsin and Indiana close out the series on Saturday at noon CT.
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