Badger Sports Roundup, Feb. 15

Results from wrestling, softball and men's tennis

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Badger wrestlers fall to No. 5 Michigan

 

The men's wrestling team lost 24-16 to No. 5 Michigan on the road Sunday.

 

Michigan broke away from the Badgers early on with a 15-0 lead by picking up three major decisions and a decision at the 149, 157, 165 and 174-pound weight classes. Junior Brady Reinke took Wisconsin's first win with a major decision at 184. He got help from teammates sophomore Ryan Flaherty (197), sophomore Tom Clum (125) and junior Tyler Laudon (141), who also grabbed wins for the Badgers.

 

Wisconsin is currently 16-6 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten after facing some of the top teams in the country recently. Michigan is 16-3 overall and 6-1 in the conference.

 

Softball competes in UNLV Classic

 

The softball team participated in the UNLV Classic Friday through Sunday, opening its season with two wins and three losses while facing some of the top competition in the country.

 

The Badgers kicked off their season with a 10-1 loss to No. 14 LSU, as junior pitcher Katie Layne allowed 10 hits and 10 runs. Freshman pitcher Megan Smith was eventually brought out to relieve Layne but the game was shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule.

 

Friday night, the Badgers faced UC-Riverside and turned the tables, winning 10-2. Freshman pitcher Eden Brock did not allow an earned run throughout the game. Neither team scored the first four innings but Wisconsin picked up three runs in the fifth inning, beginning a scoring barrage for Wisconsin. Junior shortstop Kris Zacher, junior right fielder Natalie Phillips and sophomore second baseman Emily Friedman each had two runs.

 

Against Hawaii, the Badgers fell 7-5 after going to two extra innings Saturday afternoon. Hawaii pulled out a two-run single in the ninth inning to claim the win.  

 

Wisconsin faced the No. 1 team in the country, defending national champions UCLA, Saturday night and was routed 8-0 in five innings.

 

After two straight losses, Wisconsin came back to defeat UNLV 3-1 Sunday morning. Brock allowed just one run and eight hits against the Running Rebels.

 

Fighting Irish men's tennis defeats Badgers

 

Wisconsin did not have much luck on the road as they fell to the Notre Dame (5-2 overall) Sunday. Wisconsin (2-3) received the doubles point but suffered in singles action, getting a win only from junior Alex Kasarov, who upset No. 68 Matthew Scott 6-7, 6-4 and 1-0. Sophomore Ward Bortz took freshman Barry King to three sets but fell 3-6, 6-3 and 6-1.

In doubles, both the team of Kasarov and senior David Hippee and the team of Bortz and freshman Lachezar Kasarov took their respective opponents to 9-8 (7-4) wins.


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