Badgers Softball comes from behind to defeat Hoosiers, get sweep
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- It came down to the wire as the Badgers came up big in the seventh inning at Indiana Saturday afternoon. Wisconsin scored four runs in the top of the seventh to earn a 5-2 victory over the Hoosiers and sweep the three-game Big Ten series.
Wisconsin (38-9 overall, 15-5 Big Ten) appeared to pick up where it left off on Friday night when Mary Massei led-off the game with a double and Whitney Massey walked to set the table for Shannel Blackshear.
A line drive by Blackshear to the Hoosiers' first baseman doubled off Massey and ended the Badgers' hot start.
Indiana (19-31, 3-16) quickly responded to the Badgers' scoring threat with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead.
Maria Van Abel lead-off the top of the third with a single and worked her way around the bases before scoring on an RBI single by Blackshear, cutting into the Hoosiers' lead, 2-1.
Meghan McIntosh was replaced by Cassandra Darrah in the bottom of the inning and Darrah went to work, shutting down Indiana.
Darrah kept the Hoosiers off the bases for the next four innings, setting up a big seventh inning for the Badgers.
With one out, Massei doubled to left center and the tides began to change in favor of the Badgers. Kendall Grimm reached first on a throwing error by the Hoosiers' shortstop and a walk by Massey loaded the bases for Blackshear, the Badgers' career RBI leader.
A single up the middle by Blackshear scored two and Wisconsin took a 3-2 lead. Michelle Mueller plated another run with a double off the right field wall and Katie Christner added to the Badgers' lead with a RBI single to center field.
Darrah surrendered her only hit in five innings of work in the bottom of the seventh before ending the game with a strikeout.
Darrah earned her 22nd win of the season, improving to 22-5. The junior allowed just one hit in five innings and struck out six. Meghan McIntosh pitched the first two innings, allowing two runs, one earned.
"Today was an emotional game," said head coach Yvette Healy after the game. "Whenever you play a team for the third time, especially on their senior day it is a big deal, it was definitely a battle.
"It was a big win that took a lot of contributions. To be able to sweep any Big Ten team, especially on the road is huge for the program. We are really excited to do that towards the end of the season, leading into our last regular-season weekend."
The Badgers return home to Goodman Diamond the close out the regular season with a three-game series against Michigan State. First pitch of the series is at 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by a 1 p.m. start on Saturday and Sunday.
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