Badger Sports Roundup, March 21

Johnson wins tournament, women's golf finishes fifth; four men's track athletes place first at Northridge invite; softball weekend recap

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 Johnson wins Baylor-Tapatio Springs Shootout


Senior golfer Malinda Johnson took first place at the Baylor-Tapatio Springs Shootout in Boerne, Texas Sunday. Over the course of three days, she shot a total of 217, including a 71 on the third day, to win the individual medal over the 112 other individuals competing.


Wisconsin finished in fifth place in the 19-team shootout, moving up from 10th place in Sunday's final round. The team finished with a 931 overall, shooting a 317, 302 and 312. Indiana won the shootout with an 896 and Hoosiers Karen Dennison and Danah Ford finished in second and third place, respectively.


Sophomore Lindsay McMillan also pitched in for Wisconsin, shooting a 233 and tying for 19th place, while sophomore Jackie Obermueller finished in a tie for 51st with a final score of 241.


Badgers get four first-place finishes at invite


The men's track team opened its outdoor season with a strong showing at the Northridge Invitational Saturday in Northridge, Calif.


Wisconsin had four first-place finishes and two second-place finishes in the meet. The 1600-meter sprint medley had a top finishing time of 3:28.36 and the 400 relay took second with a time of 40.71.


Individually, Wisconsin also fared well, particularly in the 100, where three Badgers placed in the top 10. Freshman Demi Omole won in 10.49 and junior Scott Starks came in fourth in 10.79 and sophomore Levonne Rowan took ninth in 10.98.


Sophomore Joe Detmer finished first in the 400 hurdles, establishing a new personal best of 52.28, a time that also made the NCAA qualifying standard.


In the field events, freshman Paul Hubbard won the long jump, setting a new personal high of 24-4 ½, with sophomore Rick Bellford taking second. Bellford also finished second in the triple jump.


Wisconsin will compete in the Florida Relays March 26 and 27, as well as at the Stanford Invitational March 27.



Softball drops three but wins two at Capital Classic


The softball team participated in the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif., during its spring break, posting a record of 2-3 and moving to 15-12 overall.


The Badgers opened their weekend with a loss to Long Beach State, which won 5-4 on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh Friday. Things got worse before they got better, as Wisconsin fell to Nevada 8-5 later that afternoon. Sophomore Sara Gonzales came in to relieve freshman pitcher Eden Brock in the third inning and allowed four runs on four hits, eventually taking the loss. 


Saturday morning, the Badgers faced a more favorable situation as they crushed Tennessee State 10-1. Brock returned to the pitcher's mound and allowed only three hits in the game, which was shortened because of the mercy rule. The Badgers outhit Tennessee State 13-3 and junior catcher Boo Gillette, sophomore second baseman Emily Friedman, junior utility hitter Anastasia Miller and freshman infielder Tara Hamilton had two hits each.


Although the Badgers were offensively sound against Tennessee State, they struggled against host Sacramento State, falling 3-0 Saturday. The Badgers had only six hits to the Hornets' eight and junior pitcher Katie Layne (7-5) allowed three runs, eight hits and a walk, striking out six. 


Sunday, Wisconsin pulled out a 6-3 win over St. Mary's in the Badgers' final game of the Capital Classic. Gillette hit her third home run of the season and junior shortstop Kris Zacher had two hits and made the all-tournament team. Layne subbed in for Gonzales at the mound and picked up her eighth win of the season.


Wisconsin travels to Iowa City for the Hawkeye Classic next weekend.

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