Badger Sports Roundup, April 4

Crew enjoys strong performances in San Diego; softball splits; men's and women's tennis win; women's golf 12th at invite

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Women's lightweight rowing wins Coggeshall Cup


The Wisconsin lightweight crew team dominated at the San Diego Crew Classic, winning the Coggeshall Cup for the fourth consecutive year Sunday in San Diego, Calif.


The Badger varsity eight boat rowed past second-place Stanford, beating the Cardinal by 17 seconds. Wisconsin boasted a time of 7:23.9.


The women's openweight crew team, which also competed at the San Diego Crew Classic, finished fifth in the Jessop-Whittier Cup, its highest finish in the race since the 1997-98 season. The varsity eight boat finished in 7:06.02, while first-place California clocked in at 6:57.10.


The second varsity eight took fourth in its grand final, finishing in 7:16.07. California also finished first in that race with a time of 7:04.8.


The Badgers' novice eight team won the petite final in a time of 7:11.4.


"It was a mammoth undertaking to make it into the grand finals," said Sue Ela, interim director of women's crew. "Our freshman boat, which made it into the petite final, had a splendid race and won the petite and rowed in true Badger style."


Wisconsin softball splits with Ohio State


Wisconsin scored three runs in the first inning on its way to a 3-1 win over Ohio State in the second half of a doubleheader Sunday in Columbus, giving the Badgers their first conference win of the season. Ohio State (19-12 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) won the first game 2-0.


Wisconsin (19-16, 1-3) struggled at the plate in the first game, as OSU senior pitcher Kristi DeVries had a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings. DeVries (7-6) struck out eight and gave up only three hits while Wisconsin freshman pitcher Sara Gonzales (1-2) gave up four hits, one earned run and struck out five while taking the loss.


Ohio State senior first-baseman Beth McAbier scored in the second inning and freshman left fielder Megan Schwab scored in the fourth on a hit from freshman third baseman Jamee Juarez.


In the second game, the Badgers turned the tables on the Buckeyes and struck quickly. Junior shortstop Kris Zacher doubled home freshman outfielder Sam Polito and then came home herself on a double from junior catcher Boo Gillette. An Ohio State error allowed Gillette to cross the plate.


Juarez (9-5), who pitched the opening moments of the second game, was replaced by sophomore Chelsea Baker by the end of the first inning. Baker gave up just two hits and struck out two. Wisconsin pitcher Katie Layne (9-6) allowed six hits, one run and struck out two for the win.


Ohio State got its run in the top of the second, as junior shortstop Jennifer Johnson drove in Baker.


Men's tennis defeats Purdue


Wisconsin upset No. 75 Purdue (6-9 overall, 1-3 Big Ten) to earn its first Big Ten win of the season, taking down the Boilermakers 5-2 Sunday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.


The Badgers (6-9, 1-3) got off to a strong start, sweeping the doubles competition to take the doubles point. Sophomores Ward Bortz and Mark Weinig pulled off a close win, after defeating sophomore Paul Rose and freshman Scott Warner 8-7 (8) in the tiebreaker.


Wisconsin put on strong performances at the individual level as well, picking up wins from senior David Hippee, Bortz, Weinig and junior Alex Kasarov.


Wisconsin will next face Big Ten foes Iowa and Minnesota April 10-11 on the road.


Women's tennis also topples Boilermakers


The women's tennis team faced Purdue (7-9 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) Sunday afternoon in West Lafayette, defeating the No. 52 Boilermakers 4-3 for their first conference win of the season. 


Wisconsin (8-9, 1-3) took the doubles point with wins from the team of juniors Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin and from senior Teresa Gonzaga and freshman Caitlin Burke. Wisconsin's duo at the third spot, senior Shana McElroy and freshman Kaylan Caiati, dropped its match.


In singles, Burke, McElroy and No. 58 McGaffigan gave Wisconsin boosts, with McElroy taking down senior Gretchen Haynor 7-6, 6-1 to break a 3-3 tie and give the Badgers the win. 


The Badgers will face Iowa and Minnesota in Madison April 10-11.  


Golf finishes 12th at Indiana Invitational


The women's golf team finished 12th at the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. Saturday and Sunday, putting up a final score of 973 over the course of 54 holes.


With senior Malinda Johnson out because of an injury, Wisconsin turned to sophomore Lindsay McMillan, who finished tied for 27th with a final score of 238, the highest place for Wisconsin.  Indiana senior Karen Dennison won the invite with a final score of 218 while Missouri won the team title with a 54-hole score of 908.


Wisconsin freshman Nicki Morse was Wisconsin's second highest finisher, shooting a 245 to tie for 48th.

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