Posted-April 25th, 2012 11:27 pm
MADISON, Wis. -- The Badgers earned their 10th-straight home win with a sweep over Indiana State Wednesday night at Goodman Diamond.
A walk-off three-run home run by Michelle Mueller gave the Badgers an 8-0 win in the first game of the doubleheader. Despite a late comeback from Indiana State, the Badgers held on to defeat the Sycamores 9-7 in the second game. Wisconsin improves to 29-13 while Indiana State falls to 18-29.
"I think as a program, it's great that we're having some success,” said head coach Yvette Healy. “But we're still young and we're still inexperienced.
"To have these games to get better as a team is important because we've got a lot of learning and improving to do. It's fun to have the opportunity to do it and get wins at the same time."
The Badger offense started things off early in the day’s first game, tacking on two runs in the bottom of the first with a two-run homer from Shannel Blackshear. Wisconsin posted three more runs in the third inning scoring two on an error by the Sycamores and another on a RBI single from Mueller. The walk-off three-run long ball from Mueller gave the Badgers 8-0 win in the fifth inning.
Cassandra Darrah pitched the first four innings, only allowing two Indiana State hits. Meghan McIntosh stepped in for Wisconsin in the fifth inning and recorded three-straight strikeouts to end the game. Darrah earned the win, improving to 19-7.
The second game started where the first left off, as the Badgers scored five runs on four hits in the bottom of the second inning. Kendall Grimm scored three with a double to center field in the bottom of the third to give UW an 8-0 lead.
McIntosh recorded four-straight shutout innings before Amanda Najdek replaced her in the top of the fifth. Indiana State rallied back with five runs on five hits and a Wisconsin error to bring the score within three, 8-5. McIntosh reentered the game and recorded the last out of the fifth inning by striking out Alex Lucas.
A double in the fifth inning by Grimm gave the Badgers a five run lead, but Indiana State scored two more runs in the top of the sixth off a home run by Alyssa Heller
McIntosh forced a pair of groundouts and recorded a strike out in the top of the seventh to hold on for the 9-7 win. McIntosh pitched six and one-third innings, giving up two earned runs and evening her record to 5-5.
Wisconsin travels to Purdue this weekend for a Big Ten Conference three-game series. The first pitch of the doubleheader on April 28 is set for noon.
"Purdue has been a great team all year," said Healy. "We've been trying to chase them in the standings all year long. The fact that they get these games at home, they're undefeated in the Big Ten at home, it's going to be a battle. We've got to play our best softball this weekend."