No. 25 Wisconsin sends off seniors with record turnout at Goodman Diamond
MADISON -- As Wisconsin's record-setting regular-season drew to a close Sunday afternoon, it did so in a fitting fashion -- in front of a record-setting 2,007 fans at Goodman Diamond. The Badgers put the cap on a season that saw records set in multiple categories with a Big Ten series split against Michigan State.
Wisconsin finished the regular season with a program-record 39 wins, including a program-best 16 in the Big Ten. Head coach Yvette Healy earned her 100th win at the helm of the UW program and the Badgers set multiple team and individual records along the way.
The Badgers (39-11, 16-7) opened action on Senior Day with a 3-0 win over the Spartans (24-24, 9-10) before falling, 11-5, in the series finale.
In game one, Cassandra Darrah earned her 23th win of the season in her 22nd complete game of the year.
Wisconsin jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on a Mary Massei leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning.
Massei repeated the feat in the fifth inning to give the Badgers a 2-0 lead and Stephanie Peace's RBI single later in the frame plated Wisconsin's third run.
The Badgers' three runs proved to be all the offense they needed as Darrah held Michigan State to just six hits and no runs in her sixth shutout of the season.
After failing to score a run in the first game, Michigan State's offense sprung to life in the series finale. The Spartans opened up the game with six runs in the first inning to force Meghan McIntosh out of the game.
Taylor-Paige Stewart entered the game in relief, working the final 6.2 innings.
Wisconsin plated a run in the bottom of the first and another in the bottom of the third, but Michigan State quieted those efforts with a three-run home run in the top of the fifth.
Whitney Massey topped off her perfect day at the plate with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, setting a new UW single-season record with her 12th long ball of the year.
The Spartans' offense wouldn't be quieted, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to take an 11-4 lead before a lone UW run in the bottom of the inning ended the game in favor of MSU 11-5.
With the regular season complete, the Badgers now await the final Big Ten game between Nebraska and Penn State on Monday to determine the seedings for the Big Ten tournament May 9-12 in Lincoln, Neb.
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