Badger Sports Roundup, March 16

Softball loses tough game; Engstrom earns all-tourney; rankings roundup

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Softball falls to No. 4 California

 

The women's softball team was defeated by No. 4 California 3-1 in Berkeley, Calif., Tuesday afternoon.

 

The Golden Bears (28-3) scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, all they would need for the win. Wisconsin (13-9) scored in the top of the third inning, as freshman infielder Athena Vasquez knocked an RBI single into left field to bring junior utility hitter Anastasia Miller home.

 

Junior pitcher Katie Layne, who was recently named all-tournament at the National Invitational Tournament, allowed nine hits, struck out one and gave up three runs. California pitcher Kelly Anderson only allowed three hits and struck one batter out before sophomore Kristina Thorson came in the fifth inning to pick up the save. She had seven strikeouts.

 

Engstrom makes all-tournament team

 

Junior defender Molly Engstrom was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Final Five All-Tournament team for her performance against Minnesota-Duluth and Ohio State.

 

Engstrom had Wisconsin's only goal against the Bulldogs in Wisconsin's loss Saturday, and she has five goals and 19 assists for the season, ranking fifth in scoring with 24 points. Engstrom was also named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year last week and made the WCHA's first team roster.


In the polls…

 

The men's basketball team (24-6) is ranked No. 10 in the nation according to the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 poll and No. 10 according to the Associated Press. Wisconsin did not move in either poll after winning the Big Ten Tournament over the weekend.

 

The men's hockey team (21-12-8 overall) took a dive in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll, falling from No. 6 to No. 11 after losing to Alaska-Anchorage in a best-of-three series over the weekend in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. The team also fell in the PairWise rankings, from a tie for eighth to a tie for 10th.

 

The women's hockey team (25-6-3), after losing to Minnesota-Duluth and beating Ohio State over the weekend, remained at No. 5 in the USCHO.com poll and at No. 5 in the PairWise rankings.


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