Badger Sports Roundup, April 3

Badgers win five women's track events; women's crew teams advance to finals; softball, women's and men's tennis fall; two former men's hockey players sign professional deals.

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Lucas, Schoeller win two events at Boise State Invite


Sophomore Erica Schoeller and freshman Shuntia Lucas gave Wisconsin wins in two events each as the Badgers competed at the Boise State Invitational Saturday.


Schoeller won the 400 meters with a personal best time of 54.90 and the long jump with a leap of 18-10 ¾.


Lucas won the 100 and 200 with personal best times of 11.94 and 24.47, respectively.


Senior Angie Kolanko picked up Wisconsin's other top finish, winning the high jump in 5-8 ¾.


Junior Courtney Bauer took sixth in the hammer and broke her own school record with a throw of 166-7.


Wisconsin also had four second-place finishes, including the 400 relay and the 1600 relay.


Lightweight crew advances to finals

The No. 3 lightweight crew team advanced to the finals of the San Diego Crew Classic Saturday in San Diego, Calif. The Badgers won their preliminary heat in 7:04.5 and will compete Sunday in the finals, aiming for their fourth consecutive win at the event.


The women's openweight team also competed in the Classic in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight races. Wisconsin took third in its heat in the openweight varsity eight, finishing in 6:42.30, and second in its heat in the second varsity eight with a time of 6:53.80. The novice openweight team took third in 7:23.68. The varsity eight and second varsity eight teams will compete Sunday in the grand finals.


Penn State completes softball sweep


Wisconsin could not solve Missy Beseres this weekend.


The sophomore Penn State pitcher earned her second win in as many days over the Badgers Saturday, allowing just two hits and no earned runs in six innings of work as the Nittany Lions completed a two-game sweep with a 3-2 victory at Nittany Lion field in State College, Pa.


After sitting down the first 14 batters she faced Friday, Beseres (7-10) was perfect through four innings Saturday and finished with four strike outs and two walks.


Wisconsin trailed 3-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but an error set up junior short stop Kris Zacher's two-out, two-RBI single. Zacher reached second on a throw to the plate, but the inning ended when she was called out after making contact with junior catcher Boo Gillette's smash up the middle.


After Beseres walked the first batter she faced in the seventh, junior Shana Riggleman came on and disposed of the first three Badgers she faced for her second save of the season.


In 14 innings over two games, Beseres allowed just five hits and one earned run while striking out 18.


Freshman Eden Brock (8-6) took the loss for Wisconsin Saturday, pitching four innings and allowing six hits and two earned runs.


Penn State improved to 14-19 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten.


Wisconsin (18-15, 0-2) returns to action Sunday at 11 a.m. CST with a double header at Ohio State.


No. 1 Illinois destroys Badgers


No. 1 Illinois cruised to a 7-0 win over Wisconsin's men's tennis team at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison Saturday. Wisconsin fell to 5-9 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten while Illinois maintained its perfect 16-0 overall record and 3-0 conference mark, earning its 50th straight win.


Illinois rattled Wisconsin all day, as Wisconsin only challenged Illinois a handful of times. The Badgers won at the No. 2 doubles spot, as sophomore Pete Amundson and junior Alex Kasarov defeated senior Brian Wilson and junior Conner Murnigham 8-6. Seniors Scott Green and David Hippee took No. 15 senior Mike Calkins and junior Chris Martin to a tiebreaker but lost 9-7.


In singles, Kasarov won his first set but fell to his Illini competitor in the final sets.


Wisconsin will next host No. 75 Purdue (6-8, 1-2) Sunday.


Wisconsin falls to Illinois; McGaffigan falls to McGaffigan


The Badger women's tennis team fell to No. 9 Illinois (12-3 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) on the road Saturday 4-3.


For junior Katie McGaffigan, the match was more personal, as she faced off against older sister and senior Jennifer McGaffigan twice, at the No. 1 spot in doubles and singles.


At the No. 1 spot, Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin defeated No. 9 junior Cynthya Goulet and Jennifer McGaffigan 8-4. Coupled with a win from the duo of freshman Caitlin Burke and senior Teresa Gonzaga, Wisconsin took the doubles point.


The Badgers struggled in singles play, winning only two matches. No. 34 Jennifer McGaffigan defeated No. 58 Katie McGaffigan 7-5 and 6-4. Wisconsin picked up wins only from Burke and freshman Kaylan Caiati.


Wisconsin continues its road trip when it plays No. 52 Purdue Sunday.


Wozniewski, Krall sign pro contracts


Former Wisconsin defensemen Andy Wozniewski and Jon Krall signed professional contracts recently.


Wozniewski signed with the American Hockey League's St. John's Maple Leafs, a Toronto Maple Leafs affiliate. He 10 goals and 28 assists in three seasons at Wisconsin after transferring from Massachusetts-Lowell.


Krall signed with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the East Coast Hockey League and made his debut with the team Friday. In four seasons as a Badger, Krall finished with one goal, eight assists and 117 penalty minutes. The Wranglers are an affiliate of the Calgary Flames.


—Jonathan Linder contributed to this report

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