Badger Sports Roundup, April 6

Extra innings not enough for Wisconsin softball; women's tennis bursts into rankings; U.S. women's hockey loses gold to Canada

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Wisconsin falls in 10 innings


The softball team (19-17 overall) opened its home season with a dramatic 10-inning 4-3 loss to the University of Illinois-Chicago (14-18) Tuesday night.


Junior Katie Layne relieved sophomore Sara Gonzales in the fifth inning and took the loss, posting three strike outs but giving up the game-winner in the top of the 10th.  


Flames' junior third baseman Sara Hernandez scored the winning run on an RBI single by sophomore right fielder Nicole Shepard


UIC struck first in the third inning, as sophomore shortstop Joyce Cathey hit a triple and came home on a double from junior centerfielder Cameron Astiazaran. The Flames were back on the board in the fourth with a run from freshman catcher Tonya Maosi and again in the fifth—this time with Layne on the mound for Wisconsin—with a run from Hernandez.

Trailing 3-0, Wisconsin finally put its bats to use with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Junior catcher Boo Gillette singled in freshman centerfielder Sam Polito and then scored on sophomore second baseman Emily Friedman's double.

After a quiet sixth inning, sophomore first baseman Kaitlin Reiss' third hit of the game plated junior shortstop Kris Zacher in the seventh to extend the game to extra innings.

Wisconsin will host next host a double-header with Loyola-Chicago Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. at Goodman Diamond.

Women's tennis No. 66 in nation


After falling out of the national rankings, the women's tennis team is No. 66 in the country after a 4-3 win over No. 52 Purdue April 4.


Juniors Lindsay Martin and Katie McGaffigan are also ranked as the No. 38 doubles pair. They were previously unranked. Martin and McGaffigan defeated Illinois' No. 9 Jennifer McGaffigan and Cynthya Goulet 8-4 April 3.


Katie McGaffigan fell in the singles rankings, from No. 52 to No. 85. She currently has the highest career winning percentage on the team, with a record of 66-36 (65 percent).


Team Canada wins eighth straight World Championship


Hayley Wickenheiser and Delaney Collins tallied goals as the Canadian Women's National Team topped Team USA 2-0 Tuesday night in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for its eight consecutive gold medal at the World Championships.


Kim St. Pierre notched 26 saves for the shutout, while Pam Dreyer stopped 25 of 27 shots for the U.S.


Team Canada avenged a 3-1 loss to the U.S. in a qualifying round game Saturday, which snapped Canada's 37-game winning streak at the World Championships. The Canadians are now 38-1 since the World Women's Hockey Championship debuted in 1990.


The U.S. team included Wisconsin junior defenseman Molly Engstrom as well as former Badger defenseman Kerry Weiland and goaltender Chanda Gunn, who transferred to Northeastern after one season in Madison.


—Jonathan Linder contributed to this report

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